By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno has said that the North East Governors Forum under his leadership is looking into the possibility of establishing a sub-regional security outfit that will address the lingering insecurity problem of the sub-region.
Zulum stressed the need for addressing the root causes of insurgency in the Northeast geo-political which, he attributed, to endemic poverty, illiteracy, social inequality, environmental degradation, and unemployment, amongst others,
Governor Zulum, while laying the foundation stone for the rehabilitation and expansion of Bauchi Government House, observed that governors in the sub-region have no other option than to provide the necessary infrastructures that will create jobs for the teeming unemployed.
According to him, governors in the northeast region must leave the comfort of their zone to attend the demands of the poor and vulnerable whom, he said, are terribly affected as a result of poor governance, high handedness, corruption amongst others
Describing the time as the right for doing things to move the sub-region and the nation forward, Zulum noted that North-east Governors are fully determined to bring positive changes to their respective people.
He recalled that the North-East Governors’ Forum established barely less than a year ago, has made tremendous efforts in repositioning the sub-region through resolutions that would be geared to meet the needs and aspirations of the people.
One of such resolutions, Zulum pointed out, is the planned establishment of the North-East Airline, which the forum considered, will go a long way in ameliorating the transportation problems of the people of the northeast”
The forum has in addition resolved to ensure the establishment of the North-East Bank that will provide enabling finances through small and medium enterprises through which the vulnerable could earn their means of livelihood.
Zulum then commended Governor Bala Mohammed for the laudable projects executed under his administration, saying the reconstruction and upgrading of the Government House project was a good one as it will establish a veritable and civil administration in Bauchi state.
It is also designed to produce a strong physical plant towards developing a modern and functional Government House complex with a sense of balance and exquisiteness which embodies the strength and gravities of Bauchi state government.
He also recalled that the project is conceptualized in order to give Bauchi renewal a new impetus by giving the state a befitting Government House that is the same with other government house in the country,
The host Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has earlier in a welcome address, put cost of the project at N6.2 billion and will include complete demolishing of the current Bauchi Government House for new construction
He noted with delight that the regional collaboration between the Governors of the North-east has brought unity in the region, stressing that despite the political party differences, the governors are still bonded by the desire to bring development in their respective states.