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Buhari Remarks At The Inauguration Of The Presidential Committee On The North East Initiative

REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU
BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE
INAUGURATION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE
ON THE NORTH EAST INITIATIVE (PCNI),
STATE HOUSE, PRESIDENTIAL VILLA,
26 OCTOBER 2016.

Today marks an important milestone in our desire and determination to
restore normalcy and stability to the North Eastern part of our
country.
The devastation to human lives and livelihoods by the insurgency in the North East is severe, with more than an estimated 20,000 persons
killed, an estimated 2.4 million persons displaced and billions of naira worth of personal and public
assets destroyed.
Many humanitarian intervention efforts, national and international, have worked over time to assist in coping with the task of bringing
succour to the IDPs in and outside the region, with most of these
efforts aimed at providing short-term
emergency assistance and relief to the victims of the violence and
displacement. However, there remains a need for better coordination of these efforts particularly the humanitarian resettlement and
reconstruction of the region.
Fortunately, the worst of the insurgency is behind us. This we owe
principally to the valiant efforts of
our military whose gallant efforts have significantly degraded
the insurgency. With these successes, many displaced persons are
willing and ready to return home to pick up their lives and move
forward.
However and sadly so, many have nothing to return to. They have lost everything to the insurgency. In addition, social and public services are also absent due to the massive
destruction of public and private infrastructure. Government is committed to providing effective
coordination and guidance towards addressing the humanitarian crisis,
the resettlement and reconstruction of the North East region.
To this end, I have established the
Presidential committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI), under
the Chairmanship of General T.Y. Danjuma (Rtd), GCON, a man of proven integrity, outstanding patriotism
and dedication.
He will lead this Committee comprising members who have been
carefully chosen from a wide spectrum of
stakeholders. The Committee will be the apex coordinating body for all interventions in the region including those by the public,
private, national and international development partners. The Committee is domiciled in the Presidency and is charged with responsibility
for developing the strategy and implementation framework for rebuilding the North East region.
The PCNI would not exist in perpetuity or isolation. Rather, it
will exist for a period of 3 years, where after it is envisaged that a
long-term regional development framework or entity may be established.
Meanwhile, PCNI will be funded through Federal, State and Local
Government appropriation, as well as funds from the private sector and
international development partners.
Finally, while having great trust and confidence in the team of General TY Danjuma, I urge them to approach their task with
dedication, commitment,
accountability and transparency. The
Committee should take a quick looknat the conditions of the IDPs and take urgent remedial measures to alleviate these conditions. I also
call on all stakeholders to give the PCNI their maximum support to enable it to deliver on its mandate.
It is now my pleasure to formally inaugurate the Presidential Committee on the North East
Initiative.
Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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