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BUHARI SET TO INAUGURATE NORTH-EAST REHABILITATION COMMITTEE


Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and former minister of defence, Theophilus Danjuma, are front-line members of a powerful committee that will soon be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari.   
According to a press statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the committee’s major brief will be to rehabilitate infrastructure and resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the troubled North-East region.
President Buhari was said to have disclosed his plans at the State House, Abuja, in response to a goodwill message delivered to him by a group, Women In Politics Forum (WIPF).
Buhari told his audience that all forms of assistance and aid in this respect, generated locally and from foreign countries as promised by the Group of Seven of Industrialized Countries (G7) would be channeled through the committee when inaugurated.
He said he had compiled a list of damaged infrastructure,including schools and bridges and handed it to the leaders of the G7 and the United States, adding that “I didn’t ask for a Kobo (in cash). It is up to them to choose what they will undertake. Already, some of them have sent teams to verify our assertions.”
Speaking on the perception of his administration, the president said: “People say we are slow. We are trying to change structures put in place by our predecessors in office for 16 years. If we hurry it, we will make mistakes. That will be a disaster.”
Buhari also lamented about the impact of terrorist group, Boko Haram activities on women and children, declaring that they are the biggest casualties of the terrorists.
He said: “In the North-East, what I saw for myself and on those clips is a source of concern for people with conscience, they are mostly women, and children who are orphaned. Some of them don’t even know where they come from. This is the pathetic situation in which the country has found itself.”