By Lawan Bukar Maigana
The Borno state governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, has called on the stakeholders to work together to design an achievable, ambitious, and realistic ‘Master Plan’ for the development of the six states in the North-East geopolitical zone.
He made the call in Abuja while chairing the Forum of North-East Governors, as a special guest of honor of a Multi-stakeholder Consultation Forum with the Theme: “North-East Stabilization and Development Master Plan (NSCDMP).”
The event was hosted by the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
The attendees of the forum are the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, Cheif of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Inspector General of Police, Baba Usman Alkali, National Security Adviser, Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), and other top government officials.
While addressing the participants, Zulum thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and Sadiya Umar Farouq for their tremendous efforts and interventions which restored peace in the North-East region against all odds.
“We all understand the crucial role that consistency can play in bringing back peace, stability, and prosperity in the North East in particular and Nigeria in general. This master plan must be ambitious, broad, brave and comprehensive, to cover the whole scope of issues in the Northeast,”
“The plan should outlive our tenures in office. It should be a reflection of our doggedness to rise from the ashes of destruction into the bright and welcoming place of peace and development. Our aspirations, as Governors and people of the region, therefore, should be to build back better everything that we lost and much more.
The task may appear daunting, but rest assured that the bulk will be made easier than we can imagine through the unflinching support you will receive from the leadership in the northeast as a whole. Our respective states in the North East will make available plans for alignment and synergy that will deliver better quality service to the people of the northeast,” Zulum added.