By Correspondent in Taraba
The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has donated COVID-19 and infectious disease laboratory in Taraba state.
Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, Managing Director of the commission on Tuesday, in Jalingo said that the laboratory was to reduce avoidable complications associated with delayed diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Alkali, during the handing over of the facility, domiciled within Taraba State Specialist Hospital to the Taraba government, said that the commission had provided medical consumables for mitigation of the spread of the disease to the state during the height of Covid-19.
He said that the commission was also donating 10,000 stocks of assorted drugs and medical consumables for Primary Health Care facilities across the 16 local government areas in the state.
He said that other COVID-19 preventive items would be distributed to schools, National Union of Road Transport Workers and security agencies in the state.
The managing director also said that the commission would use the opportunity to distribute agricultural inputs and to be further distributed to the three senatorial districts in the state.
Alkali listed some of the inputs to include Ten four wheel drive tractors, 28 disc plough for tractors and Ten boom sprayers.
Others includes Ten planters, 18 three wheel tractors, 1,500 bags of improved rice seeds and 4,500 bags of fertilisers.
According to him, these inputs are aimed at boosting food production in the zone.
Alkali also announced that the commission have established Education Endowment Fund (EEF).
He said that the commission had already set aside N6 Billion for the fund, adding that the fund would focus on training in Education, Health and Agriculture.
He also said that the commission has made provision of 10,000 blankets to public boarding schools in the state.
The managing director also said that 60,000 exercise books would be distributed to public schools while 20,000 exercise books would be distributed to private schools in the state by the commission.
He expressed the determination of the commission in intervening in all areas of challenges within the North East Zone.
While commending Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba for supporting the commission in achieving it’s objectives by Alkali, he commiserate with the state over the recent flood disaster which affected some communities in the state.
He promised to provide emergency relief materials to the victims of the disaster after a comprehensive report would be made available to the commission by the state.
In his address, Gov. Ishaku commended the commission for it’s intervention in the state.
He urged the commission to consult with the state in the area of project location in the state.
He expressed the determination of his administration in supporting the commission to achieve the task it was meant for.
The governor, while commissioning the Covid-19 and other infectios disease laboratory, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for initiating and the establishment of the NEDC.
The Reporters recalls that the Commission had earlier graduated 331 participants of its first and second sets of it’s ICT scheme for Taraba state.