Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
The Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE) as part of its strategic intervention has commenced Monitoring/Media Assessment of contracts awarded for the rehabilitation and building of schools and Police formations destroyed by insurgents in the region.
The intervention by the Presidential Initiative is aimed at supporting the affected areas destroyed by insurgency towards fast tracking socio-economic development under its short term measures.
The Presidential Initiative for the North-East put in place by the federal government, to alleviate the sufferings of the people affected by the insurgency is one of the major intervention programmes which was launched in Maiduguri two years ago by the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
The Monitoring and Assessment Team led by the Communication Officer of PINE,Mr. Seyi Odutayo had already visited Yobe and Bauchi states where the projects were located and expressed happiness with the level of work.
Odutayo who spoke with THISDAY in an interview shortly after his team inspected the on-going project at the Government Girls’ Secondary School(GGSS),Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi yesterday said about 17 projects have been inspected in Yobe state and one in Bauchi while 31 were being executed in Adamawa state.
According to him,”Assessment in Yobe revealed that about 17 projects were awarded,10 Police stations rehabilitated in Damaturu,Potiskum and one in Yakasuri’’,adding that ‘‘the first phase of this Monitoring/Media Assessment of PINE projects in the Northeast is taking place at Yobe,Adamawa and Bauchi and this intervention is aimed at supporting the region in a short term for the economic development’’.