The North East Development Commission, NEDC, under its Multi Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project says about $2 million has been spent on projects in response cases across the affected states in the region.
National Coordinator of the project, Dr. Mohammed Alhaji Danjuma stated this during an Inception workshop to flag- off a research and Institutional support programme under it component 3 additional financing project in Abuja.
Dr. Danjuma said capacity enhancement would be one of the critical instruments needed for the affected states in the North East region.
“There is a deliberate effort to make sure that we enhance capacity for tertiary institutions, ministries and departments in those states that have to do with research, grants to tertiary institutions and today we are flagging off distribution of research grants. Research proposals that we have received have gone through rigorous process of screening that is relevant to the development of the North- East” Dr. Danjuma added.
He said the Commission is giving out 60 scholarships for master’s degree and also 30 scholarships for PHD to tertiary institutions that are located in the three states for research for sustainable development of the region.
Dr. Danjuma explained that plans are also on to support these institutions in terms of instruments to aid these researches.
He stressed that the aim of the workshop was to educate vice chancellors of universities, the researchers and head of departments of institutions in the region to understand the objectives of the project.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, emphasized that the workshop is the right step to promote development in the affected states in the region.
“The Commission collaborating with institutions in the region will bring development through research because if we understand the problems on ground we will be able to address them” Professor Shugaba.
On his part, the Yobe State Coordinator of the Multi Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project, Alhaji Musa Jidawa explained that the project is moving towards recovery hence the need for collaboration for it to succeed.
“The resources of knowledge from academic institutions to practicability of research will add value to the process of recovery so that we can get back to where we were and even beyond” Alhaji Jidawa stated.
Highlights of the workshop was the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Multi Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project and the University of Maiduguri.
About seventy participants from the North East attended the two day workshop.
By Georgina Humphrey EDITED BY GRACE NAMIJI