By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has appealed to Nigerians in the diaspora donor agencies and development partners to contribute to the development of post-insurgency North Eastern Nigeria.
Abubakar made the appeal when he received a group of 18 Afro-Americans on a courtesy visit to Bauchi where he said that the region suffered the activities of Boko Haram insurgency more than any part of the country.
The governor, who observed that the region is disadvantaged, and has higher infant/maternal mortality rates and higher out of school children, was quoted as saying “The recent World Bank report says Bauchi tops the list of out of school children in the country”.
He said however that what the World Bank didn’t consider is that Bauchi state has accommodated higher internally displaced persons than any state of the federation, recalling that the data the bank relies on to pass this verdict was generated long time ago.
“The entire North East requires urgent world attention in terms of reconstruction, rehabilitation and reintegration of the internally displaced people. In healthcare delivery there is deficit. There is paucity of healthcare facilities especially in rural areas where many could not quickly access health centres and the services being rendered”, Governor Abubakar said.
Abubakar assured that the Bauchi state government is are making efforts to turn around “This very important sector and make healthcare available and affordable to the common man”.
“We therefore welcome any form of assistance from you Nigerians in the Diaspora, donor organizations and development partners, especially now that the country is coming out of recession”.
The governor lamented the poor state of infrastructural which, he said, informed his administration’s decision to embark on deliberate road construction to open up the state.
The governor reiterated the state government’s readiness to do business with anybody wishing to invest in the state, saying enabling laws to ease doing business have been passed and assented to by the state.
Speaking earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora, Alhaja Abide Debiri-Eruwa explained that the group of Afro Americans was in Nigeria to reengage the country because of the group’s belief that only Africans could develop the continent.
Debiri-Eruwa stated that it was a great experience for the Afro Americans to put their feet on their ancestral land, saying they made a stopover at Badagry to “Have a glimpse of the channel through which African slaves were taken to the United States of America”.
The group of 18 Afro-Americans which was led by Mr. David Anderson had passed a night at the famous Yankari Games Reserve in the state.