The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative by its chairman, Lt. Gen. T.Y Danjuma paid a courtesy call to the executive governor of Adamawa state, Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow in his office on the 3rd of March, 2017. Lt. Gen. T.Y. Danjuma who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah explained the mandate of the PCNI as the apex coordinating body of all intervention in the region and expressed the commitment of the federal government to redevelop the North East. Stating the importance of securing all IDPs returning to their communities, Alhaji Tumsah said shelter and livelihood support were top priorities of the PCNI as outlined in the Buhari Plan – the roadmap for the economic development of the region which Adamawa will benefit from. He thanked the governor for the warm reception given to him and his team.
The Deputy Governor of Adamawa state, Engineer Martins Babali who received the PCNI delegation thanked the presidency for its efforts and pledged the support of the state government for the Committee’s work. He said the Bindow administration has embarked on infrastructural investment across the state and in the hinterland to bring development to the grassroots.
The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Umar Bindir highlighted the achievements of the Bindow administration since inception including the crafting of a 15 year Adamawa development plan. He said the large numbers IDPs in the state is due to the influx of people from neighbouring states, dispersals from communities affected by floods in the state and communal conflicts. He expressed the determination of the Bindow administration to close the three existing IDP camps in the state and called for the support of PCNI in organizing entrepreneurial development schemes for the IDPs, facilitating their rehabilitation and reorientation, the management and closure of IDP camps, as well as the creation of peace-building and conflict resolution mechanisms.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ahmed Sajoh said every other part of Adamawa including the areas impacted by the insurgency need PCNI intervention due to overstretched infrastructure. He thanked the committee for making out time to visit the state.