The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) officially launched its online dashboard in Abuja on the 4th of April, 2017 at the Transcorp Hilton, a huge milestone in its efforts to coordinate rehabilitation and remediation efforts in the North East. The Dashboard is a web- based system that shows the recovery efforts of stakeholders in North-East. The Dashboard is an in-depth tool for Monitoring and Evaluation that features reports on projects, implementation of projects and also identifying the funding gaps.
The North East coordination forum featured plenary presentations from Robert Watts of DFID, Edward Kallon, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for UNDP Nigeria, Mr Rachid BenMessaoud of World Bank Africa and Mr Tijjani Tumsah the Vice Chairman of PCNI.
The plenary presentations highlighted remarkable progress in tackling security, scaling up humanitarian assistance, strengthening coordination efforts, and establishing strong frameworks and global advocacy in the North East. In this regard, Mr BenMessaoud emphasised on the need for stakeholders to speedily move from learning to actual implementation of projects in the affected areas.
Mr Femi and Mr Mamman of the ICT department of PCNI unveiled the PCNI dashboard via an online presentation and demonstration of its features. Mr Femi shared with the participants the importance of the dashboard: intervention coordination, transparency, sharing results, planning, and more importantly preventing duplication of interventions.
Following the presentation and interaction from members of the audience, the Vice Chair of PCNI; Alhaji. Tijjani Tumsah officially launched the Dashboard and a large number of activities and request for registration by stakeholders was recorded.
After a short break, a plenary presentation featuring state level updates from the six North Eastern states highlighted overall recovery need, ongoing early recovery activities and a geographical focus on peace building program in different sectors. The session also featured questions and answers, as attendees put forward concerns related to the army and humanitarian assistance in the region.
A participant asked about programmes the states put in place towards helping families who lost soldiers during the fight against insurgency. Unfortunately, most states do not have any programmes catering to those needs but the PCNI will look into that.
Mr Ayaz Parvaz from World Bank African also gave an overview and points from NE Nigeria recovery program workshop in Yola last week and with that, the launch of the PCNI dashboard ended. PCNI looks forward to a robust use of the dashboard to synergize efforts in bringing succour and hope to Nigerians devasted by the insurgence in the North East.