The North-East Governors’ Forum (NEGF) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the security forces for their efforts to counter the Boko Haram insurgency and other security problems in the sub-region.
The honorable mention was in a communiqué issued Friday at the end of the Forum’s 7th meeting in Gombe, which highlighted the improvement in the security situation in the sub-region, which had been largely achieved through kinetic and non-kinetic measures.
The Forum also noted that the relative calm experienced in the sub-region, especially the reduced incidence of clashes between farmers and herders, is encouraging.
However, it lamented the sub-region’s increasing vulnerability to insecurity due to the mass movement of the bandits being gradually evicted from the northwest by security forces.
As for the influx of bandits, the Forum noted the urgent need to launch a coordinated security roadmap together with the security services and the federal government.
The Forum further pointed to the link between mining activities and insecurity, in particular the misuse of the mining leases, and therefore decided to ensure strict compliance with the provisions of the Land Use Act.
It reiterated its concern about the deplorable state of the power supply in the northeastern sub-region, which currently receives less than 5% of the national grid energy allocation while accounting for 14% of the population and 30% of the country’s landmass. .
It points to the direct correlation between energy security and high poverty levels and our GDP status, but called on the federal government to introduce innovative strategies by investing in producing relatively cheaper hydropower and renewable energy.
In connection with this, as contained in the communiqué signed by the chairman of the forum, Prof Babagana Zulum, is the call for the federal government to accelerate the implementation of the Mambila hydropower project.
The Forum highlighted the need to harness the vast untapped resources of the sub-region by promoting trade integration and holding trade fairs to attract foreign investment.
The forum therefore urged the North-East Council of Chambers of Commerce to revive the Northeast Joint Trade Fair and commodity markets to stimulate economic activity.
The Forum thanked the federal government for establishing the University of Health Sciences in Azare to address the massive staff shortage in the health sector and pledged to support the university in carrying out its mandate.
It further expressed serious concern about the devastating effect of floods destroying homes and livelihoods, including road infrastructure, and called on the federal government to urgently instruct its competent authorities to immediately take all necessary measures to address the situation in the to improve affected areas.
The Forum appreciated the government and people of Gombe State for organizing the meeting. It decided to hold its 8th meeting in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Friday, November 25, 2022.
The North-East Governors’ Forum (NEGF), composed of the governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and the Yobe States, welcomed the growing strength of the cooperation, cooperation and cordial relationship between the governors of the 6 states of the region.
He reiterated his commitment to promote common lands and take a collective course for the benefit of the sub-region.
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