Gombe Concerned Citizen Forum has
has called on the National Assembly to approve the appointment of the Dr. Umar Abubakar Hashidu from Gombe State, as the Chief Executive Officer and managing Director of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC), without undue delay.
The North-East Development Commission was established in 2017 to oversee the rehabilitation and development of the Northeast region of Nigeria, which has been devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency.
As Nigerians await the screening and confirmation of the new NEDC nominee, Dr. Umar Abubakar Hashidu from Gombe State, groups and individuals in the state have come out to applaud President Muhammadu Buhari for the nomination.
The call was contained in a communique signed by the association’s Council Clerk, Mubarak Aliyu, and shared with Journalists in Gombe,on Saturday, said his nomination must first be confirmed by the Nigerian Senate before he can assume office.
The Forum, which at the end of its regular quarterly meeting, yesterday, described the appointment as well deserved and called on the Nigerian Senate to expedite action in confirming the nominee.
He said Hashidu appointment as the CEO/MD of the NEDC has been widely hailed as a step in the right direction towards the development of the Northeast region, which has long been neglected by successive administrations.
According to him,”It is therefore imperative that the Senate expedites the screening and confirmation process to ensure that Dr. Hashidu can start work as soon as possible.”
He expressed its gratitude to Mr president , said Hashidu would bring his wide knowledge in the power sector to bear on his portfolio as a CEO/MD of the NEDC.
The statement stated that by the nomination, President Muhammadu Buhari has rekindled their hope. In the same vein, Gombe Concerned Citizen Forum has commended the President for nominating Hashidu, describing it as putting round peg in a round hole, considering his track record as a thoroughbred professional.
“The Federal Government has validated the President’s early pledge to fish out the best brains the nation has to offer in his efforts to move the country out of socio-economic doldrums.
” The appointment of Hashidu could not have come at a better time, saying his kind of personality is required at this point in time to help set the country on the right path.
“The Northeast region has suffered years of neglect and underdevelopment, and the creation of the NEDC was a much-needed intervention.
“Dr. Hashidu’s appointment is a testament to the Buhari administration’s commitment to the development of the region, and the Senate must do its part by confirming him without delay”.