Northern governors, emirs move to fight poverty, insecurity

Governor Kashim Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima

NOA raises the alarm over fleeing B’Haram insurgents in Plateau

The 19 northern state governors and traditional rulers have decried the worsening security situation in many parts of the north and poverty, resolving to find a common solution to the problems.

The Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the 19 Northern Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, who spoke for the state chief executives at the meeting with the royal fathers in Kaduna yesterday, lamented the growing poverty, poor state of education, underdevelopment and the insecurity and pleaded that all hands must be on deck to tackle the challenges.

Shettima disclosed that the Northern Governors Forum has established the Northern Nigeria Global Economic Re-integration Programme under the leadership of Dr. Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi, chief economic adviser to late president Umaru Musa Yar’adua.

“Dr. Kurfi and his team are following up with the Islamic Development Bank on areas of science education in northern Nigeria. The platform is also driving our ongoing commitment with General Electric for the construction of solar power plants in five states within the north,” he said.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, who spoke on behalf of other emirs and chiefs said that “we at the Northern Traditional Rulers Council are very worried and sad with the situation of insecurity in the north, especially the happenings in Southern Kaduna, kidnapping, cattle rustling, the state of IDPs in the North East in particular and other parts of the country.”

The monarch chided some religious clerics over their inflammatory utterances on the crises in some parts of the country. “We are more worried with the usage of places of religious worship to preach hatred, violence and other issues that tend to divide us, rather than strengthen our unity as a people created by one God.”

Meanwhile, the Plateau State Chapter of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has raised the alarm that the fleeing Boko Haram insurgents dislodged from their stronghold, Sambisa Forest could find their way into the state.

State Director of NOA, Mr. Bulus Samci Babit who was speaking to the staff of the agency at a meeting organised for the 17 local government areas of the state held at the Federal Secretariat, Jos, therefore urged all and sundry to report any strange faces and persons in their locality.



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