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.
11-point communique issued after the North East Governors Consultative meeting in Gombe.
The communique was read by the host governor of Gombe state, Inuwa Mohammed Yahaya after the Governors held closed door meetings which lasted hours.
The communique has the following points:
- They resolved to support all initiatives that would ensure the success of the Mambila Hydro-power Project for improved productivity I the sub-region and the country as a whole.
- They resolved to look into the possibility of regional power generation ad to examine the ownership of electricity of electricity distribution companies.
- They discussed extensively with Lafarge Holcim, the owners of Ashaka Cement Company, o the need to address the road infrastructural deficit y taking advantage of the Executive Order 7of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
- It agreed to examine the agricultural potentials of the region and to conduct baseline studies with a view to providing a robust agricultural value chain in order to address food security, both in the region and the country at large.
- The forum decried the deplorable condition of the Lake Chad Basin and call on the Federal Government to come out with a comprehensive Water Resource Management Plan, that will fast track the process of water transfer from the Congo River, while committing to collaborating o the Desilting of the basin and the distributaries as part of the activation process.
- The forum agreed to examine the agricultural potentials of the region and to conduct baseline studies with a view to providing a robust agricultural value chain in order to address food security, both in the region and the country at large.
- The forum resolved to key into the environmental initiatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria, including the Great Green Wall and other aforestation programmes.
- The forum commended the Federal Government of Nigeria on the ongoing oil exploration and thanked the National Assembly ad Nigerians at large for the renewed interest of Hydro-Carbon in the North East Sub-region.
- The forum agreed to establish a technical working committee to implement all the actions they agreed upon.
- They also agreed to meet quarterly, with the next meeting scheduled for Borno State in mid April, so as to cover the lost gap
- The forum resolved to support local content initiatives, because it is key to the national development.