The North East Development Commission (NEDC) says it had trained no fewer than 200 people on mines detection, as the Borno state government commences the resettlement of displaced persons in recovered communities.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NEDC, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, stated this on Friday, in Maiduguri, while addressing participants at the opening ceremony of an NEDC-funded security empowerment workshop for personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC).
Alkali, who described the training for the NSCDC as appropriate at this critical period of resettlement, said the commission would continue to support security agencies to enhance their performance.
He noted that in 2020, the commission distributed 150 operational vehicles to security agencies, including the NSCDC, adding that very soon it would also provide them with bullet proof helmets, vests and intelligence gathering equipment.
Alkali disclosed that the trainees were drawn from six affected local government areas of the state.
He also said that the commission had similarly trained 150 people, comprising opinion leaders, religion and traditional rulers on resolving conflicts that might arise after the resettlement of communities, particularly on farmland matters and social disputes.
The NEDC chief executive said such trainings and other activities regarding the welfare of displaced persons were encouraged by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development, who had directed the commission to be actively involved. (NAN)