The presidential committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) has acquired an office for its operations in Taraba , North East Nigeria. This is to facilitate its coordinating role of all interventions in the region. The office in Taraba situated at nos. 14 old GRA ,Jalingo ,opposite House of assembly service commission has three blocks of office space with a large compound.
While speaking at the Deputy governor’s office in Taraba, on Wednesday,1st March, 2017, The chairman Presidential committee on the North East initiative,Lt. General T.Y Danjuma represented by his vice, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah thanked the Taraba state government for their support and benevolence . He said the rational behind PCNI having state offices in the North East was to have effective coordination, and synergy between states and the Federal government and to ensure all intervention in the North East are void of duplications and effectively targeted at the needs of the people who have been ravaged by insurgency.
Mr Tumsah said aside the influx of IDP in the State leading to overstretched infrastructure , Taraba state has issues of communal clashes,farmers /herdsman clashes which has led to a lot of IDPs in the state. He pledged the commitment of the Federal government towards the economic development of the state . Speaking earlier, the secretary to the Taraba state government, sir Anthony Jellason among other things pleaded for more security presence at IDP camps and settlements. He further informed members that though the Taraba government is doing its best, there is need for assistance from the federal government in the provision of roads potable drinking water and Heath care facilities particularly at IDPs camp/ host communities in remote areas. He further asked the PCNI to fast raft the process of building the Lau and Ibin bridge which has been abandoned for years.
Leading his team to inspect the Green house project at University of Agriculture, – A Food revolution by Taraba state government, Mr Tumsah said his team was also on a fact finding mission to look at developmental projects, its viability and gaps for support and possibly replicate such in other North East states. The vice chair and his team also visited the Internally displaced camps at Gulum and the United Methodist church in lankabari where IDPs resides. He assured the IDPs of the Federal government commitment and said government will provide all needed building materials and other livelihood support to the IDPs.