Some Newspaper in their reports on the ongoing probe by the Senate Ad hoc Committee on the Humanitarian Crisis in the North East had mistook the active Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative (PCNI) for the defunct PINE.
The Head of Media and Communications of the PCNI Alkasim Abdulkadir, making clarification on this misconception, urged the journalists/newspapers to stop misleading the general public over the use of the appellations.
Abdulkadir made this cleared in a statement released to the press. In the statement he said “It is embarrassing the continuous couched headlines purportedly referring to PINE as the organ established by President Muhammad Buhari. The deliberate and overt sensationalism to misrepresent PCNI as PINE has gone on for several months and distracts from the task rebuilding the North East”.
The statement further stated that “It is hoped that with this clarification journalists and newspapers reporting the North East will henceforth stop misleading the general public.”
The PCNI was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 26th of October 2016, while PINE was an initiative of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
The PCNI was established to provide effective coordination and guidance towards addressing the humanitarian crisis, the resettlement and reconstruction of the North-East region.
The PCNI draws its membership from other humanitarian and response organizations like NEMA, NCFRMI, VSF, State representatives and CSOs and it is headed General TY Danjuma.