The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has constructed 40,000 two-seat classroom furniture to enhance the enrollment of students across the 27 local government areas of Borno State.
The Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, disclosed this during the official launching of Rapid Response Intervention Projects in 112 councils of the region held in Maiduguri on Monday.
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Alkali noted that the agency implemented the project in accordance with requests of state governments to nominate projects for each of their LGAs.
He said, “The response was massive, with states requesting for a total 1,310 projects estimated to cost about N5.8bn, but when teams were sent to carry out a preliminary assessment of projects and sites, the total number was rationalised to 647 projects across all the states.
“Implementation of the RRI projects in Borno State is almost completed with today’s handing over to the state of about 40,000 two-seater classroom furniture for distribution to schools in the 27 councils.”
Alkali further said the commission had advanced to promote various skills and opportunities for youths with the recent inauguration of the Board of Trustees of the Education Endowment Fund.
In his response, Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno State said President Muhammadu Buhari had written his name in gold for establishing NEDC, while applauding the agency for executing 31 massive projects in Borno in less than two years.
Gov Zulum said, “We have seen the display of intervention, collaboration and synergy between the federal government and the state governments of the North East.
“We must say today that Mr President has done well by the establishment of NEDC. This is a massive project. We can’t thank you enough for the wonderful job you are doing across this region.”