BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI – As part of its corporate social responsibilities, the North East Development Commission (NEDC) has supported the 601 repentant Boko-Haram militants who surrendered and underwent six months de-radicalization and rehabilitation.

Head of the NEDC Cooperate Services, Mr Abba Musa, made the presentation on Saturday behalf of the Managing Director, Mr Malam Mohaammed Alkali at the graduation ceremony of the repentant Boko Haram militants in Gombe.

The graduation ceremony was that of the batch 4, 2019 ex-Boko Haram combatant held at Malam-Sidi Operation Safe Corridor Deradicalization, Rehabiltation and Reintegration Camp.

Mohammed said that the items donated included Welding Machines, Carpentry Tools, Barbing kits and Generators, Washing Machines and Cosmetology to support the former combatants to be self-employed since they are going back to their communities.

He then urged the beneficiaries to utilize the items given to them to become employers of labor in the future.

Speaking at the event, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, commended the repentant insurgents for taking the bold step to change and be useful to the society.

Represented by his Deputy, Dr Manneseh Jatau, the governor enjoined them to contribute to the growth of their communities and the nation at large.

Yahaya said; “While we collectively appreciate your decision to change, there is the compelling need for this change to be sustained so as to ensure that it last”.

The governor commended the Nigerian Army for the significant progress recorded in the fight against insurgency in the country.

Highlights of the event included presentation of working tools and awards to the graduands, who distinguished themselves during the six months period while dignitaries in attendance included representative of Governors of Borno and Bauchi states.

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