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NEDC: Group lauds Buhari over Hashidu’s nomination; begs Senate for confirmation


NEDC: Group lauds Buhari over Hashidu’s nomination; begs Senate for confirmation

Arewa Youth Enlightenment Forum (AYEF), North-East chapter, has appealed to the leadership of the Senate to confirm the appointment of Dr Umar Hashidu as Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of North East Development Commission (NEDC).

The socio-political group made the appeal through its Publicity Secretary, Mr Dunijir Gatama, at a news conference on Friday in Gombe.

Gatama said confirming Dr Hashidu as NEDC MD/CEO would benefit maximally the people of the Northeast.

He said that the group was happy with Hashidu’s nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The group described Hashidu’s nomination as a blessing to the Northeast zone and Nigeria in general.

He said that the nomination had been greeted with excitement amongst the youth of the zone, particularly in view of his contributions to their development and empowerment.

Gatama said that the group also considered Hashidu’s nomination as a reward for his hard work, patriotism and commitment to the improvement of the well-being and welfare of the people of the North-East.

He said that the president had done well by nominating a young man, who could relate with and mobilise youths toward sustaining the rebuilding agenda of the states in the zone.

According to him, the nomination is a confirmation of Buhari’s firm belief in the capacity of young Nigerians to help in the rebuilding process toward a greater Nigeria.

“We welcome with immense joy, the appointment of Dr Umar Hashidu as the MD/CEO of NEDC.

“Hashidu’s appointment is well-deserved and he will help in bringing creative ideas toward consolidating on the gains so far made by the commission in its efforts at reversing the negative impacts of insurgency in the North-East.

“Hashidu has distinguished himself in all walks of life; he cares for the poor; he is a motivation to youths in the sub-region and a key driver of empowerment of women and youths.

“We also commend Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State and all stakeholders in the North-East for this nomination.

“We hope, pray and appeal to the leadership of the Senate to speedily confirm their names so they can hit the ground running,” he said.

Also speaking in an interview, a member of the group, Mr Barbuwa Kalla, said the establishment of NEDC by the president showed his concern for the wellbeing of the people of the zone.

Kalla said the people of the zone would always be grateful to him for the gesture, as “we have always regarded Mr President as a friend of the North-East.”

He said that since its creation, the commission had lived up to expectations and “we believe that the nominees for the governing board of NEDC would find a good foundation to consolidate and take the North-East to greater heights.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari had, in a letter dated May 3, asked the Senate to confirm the appointment of 12 nominees as members of the NEDC governing board.

The nominees included: Bashir Baale, Chairman (North East, Yobe); Suwaiba Baba, Executive Director, Humanitarian Affairs (North East, Taraba) and Musa Yashi, Executive Director, Administration and Finance (North-East, Bauchi).
Others were: Ismaila Maksha, Executive Director, Operations (North East, Adamawa) and Umar Hashidu, MD/CEO (North East, Gombe).

NEDC: Group lauds Buhari over Hashidu’s nomination; begs Senate for confirmation


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