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Communique Issued At The End of 5th- Meeting of the Governors of the North-East Held in Jalingo, Taraba State – Tuesday, 6th July, 2021

Communique Issued At The End of 5th- Meeting of the Governors of the North-East Held in Jalingo, Taraba State – Tuesday, 6th July, 2021

The Executive Governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States, under the auspices of North East Governors’ Forum, held its 5th meeting in Jalingo, Taraba State and discussed, among other things, the challenges facing the sub-region.

Under the Chairmanship of the Governor of Borno State, Professor, Babagana Umara Zulum, FNSE, mni the Forum resolved as follows:

The Forum notes the general improvement of the Security situation in the region and calls for continuous collaboration of all the security agencies in the country to sustain the gains.

The Forum, condoles Mr. President, the Nigerian Military and the families of the late Chief of Army Staff Major General Ibrahim Attahiru and the other officers who lost their lives while on duty. It also congratulates the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya on his appointment.

The Forum calls on the diplomatic community, partners and donor agencies supporting the region to activate the process of transiting from humanitarian to stabilization and durable solution within the region. This will ensure sustainability and give people the opportunity to help themselves out of poverty. This will address socio-economic dimension of insecurity in the region.

The Forum also notes the negative impact of drug and narcotic substances in the region and the extent to which it fuels the insurgency and other forms of criminality in the region. It therefore calls for support in the area of stopping drug trafficking and enforcing narcotic control within the region and across the borders.

The Forum notes the good work of the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria (REAN) and resolved to support the agency to deliver on its mandate within the region. It however, calls on the agency to intensify working with designated Focal Persons at the individual State level to ensure justifiable spread of projects across the region.

While noting the activities of the NEDC as an intervention agency in the region, the Forum expressed deep concern that the level of consultation between the Commission and the various State Governments within the region on project priorities and locations is low and the speed of work on those projects already in place within the region, is slow.

The Forum therefore calls on the Commission to consult the various State Governments within the region on priorities for intervention, location of projects and the development of the North East Masterplan. It equally calls for expedited action to complete the existing projects in the region.

The Forum notes the technical support on potentials for growth and development of the region especially the Agribusiness Programme using innovative financing model of the Adamawa State Government by the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP), and agreed that the research be extended to all the States of the region. Forum therefore directed the management of ARDP to immediately prepare and submit the project proposal to the NEGF Secretariat for onward transmission to the various States for implementation.

The Forum while interacting with the Commissioners of the Federal Character Commission, appreciated their effort at ensuring compliance with the Federal Character principle. It however, expressed dismay over the shortfall in the number of applicants from the region in the recent recruitment into some Federal Agencies. The forum therefore, resolved to follow up with all the concerned agencies to ensure that the region gets its fair share in the recruitments into the concerned agencies.

The Forum deliberated extensively on the presentation on the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project and noted with dismay, that the project as important as it is, to Nigeria and the North-East sub-region, is surrounded by a lot of contractual encumbrances which have stalled its take-off and realization.

The Forum, therefore calls on the President to accord the project the desired seriousness by establishing a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to address the encumbrances and bring the project to reality.

In its bid to reposition Education in the sub-region, the Forum has received report from the North East Council on Education. It has taken the Councils’ advisory on the improvement of quality and performance of students and teachers screening and training in the region.

The next meeting of the Forum is to be held in Damaturu, Yobe State, on Saturday, 9th October, 2021.

– Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, FNSE, mni
Chairman, North East Governors’ Forum (NEGF)/Executive Governor of Borno State.

Northeast Governors to Harness the Agricultural Potentials of the Region Amongst Others

Northeast Governors to Harness the Agricultural Potentials of the Region Amongst Others

Governors of the North East sub region have agreed to harness the Agricultural potentials of the zone with a view to ensure food security not only in the region, but in the country in general.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state disclosed this in a communique read at the end of a one day Northeast Governors Consultative Meeting held at Gombe State Government House.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya said this was part of the resolve of the governors to address the challenges facing the region.

According to him, the governors have agreed to set up a regional power generation by supporting the Mambilla Power Project to ensure the economic advancement of the region.

He said they have also resolved to key into the environmental initiative of the Federal Government in addition to praising the authorities concern on the ongoing oil exploration in the zone.

The Gombe state Governor said his colleagues who expressed satisfaction with the establishment of the North East Development Commission pledged to provide the necessary support to achieve the desired objectives.

The Governors appealed to the Commission to ensure its projects were executed based on the basic needs of the beneficiaries so as to overcome their challenges.

On security, he said the Governors have directed the State Attorney General in their respective states to work together in order to enhance security in the region.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya said already the Governors have set up a technical committee to ensure the full implementation of all the agreements reached at the meeting.

The next meeting of the North East Governors was scheduled to hold on the 15 of April, 2020 in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state.

Governor Maimala Buni of Yobe state who delivered vote of thanks on behalf of the Governors, commended the Governor of Gombe state for hosting the meeting, and identified increased activities of insurgents as one of the major challenges facing the region.

Northeast Governors Holds First Consultative Meeting

Northeast Governors Holds First Consultative Meeting

Governor Ishaku represented by his Deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu at the first Consultative Meeting of Northeast Governors in Gombe state.

The first consultative meeting by North eastern state Governors took place in the Gombe state Government House.

The Deputy Governor of Taraba state, Engr. Haruna Manu who represented his Principal, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku joined other Governors from Adamawa, Bauchi, Yobe, Borno and Gombe respectively.

In a welcome address, Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state who was the host said the meeting was initiated to come up with a regional framework that will assist in overcoming the challenges militating against the progress and development of the region.

The Gombe state Governor who said Northeast has remained underdeveloped, attributed the challenges to environmental challenges, activities of insurgents, poverty and hunger among others.

He said the meeting will discuss extensively the need to provide lasting solutions to the challenges facing the region.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya said regional framework to regulate the activities of donor agencies and other humanitarian organizations will be set up at the meeting.

Communique will be issued at the end of the meeting on the positions of the Governors concerning the topics of discussions.