Govs’ fo­rum backs Buhari on N/Delta, N/East

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mary­teino Udoh

The Chair­man of the Nige­rian Gov­er­nors’ Fo­rum and Gover­nor of Zam­fara State Al­haji Ab­du­laziz Yari, yes­ter­day said the fo­rum was solidly be­hind Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s ef­forts against the cur­rent se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the North-east and the Niger Delta.

Speak­ing while re­ceiv­ing the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner to Nige­ria, Mr Paul Ark­wright, who paid him a cour­tesy visit in Abuja, the gover­nor said the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments were on top of is­sues regarding the se­cu­rity chal­lenges. He ex­pressed hope that be­tween now and the next two months, the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try would greatly im­prove.

A state­ment signed by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on me­dia, Ibrahim Dosara, quoted the gover­nor as say­ing that the fo­rum was sat­is­fied with the present level of com­mit­ment and suc­cess of the mil­i­tary, adding that with the present sit­u­a­tion, nor­mal se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion would soon be re­stored.

Yari com­mended Buhari in his ef­forts to con­sult in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ties to find last­ing so­lu­tion to the sit­u­a­tion in the Niger Delta, the North-East and the fight against cor­rup­tion.

He blamed Nige­ria’s cur­rent eco­nomic prob­lems on to­tal de­pen­dence on rev­enue oil and the in­abil­ity of past lead­ers to save ex­cess rev­enues from pe­tro­leum prod­ucts.

He re­gret­ted that about 80 to 90 per­cent of min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties was car­ried out in the coun­try by il­le­gal min­ers from other coun­tries with­out due rev­enue to Nige­ria. Ac­cord­ing to the gover­nor, a com­mit­tee com­pris­ing the mil­i­tary, po­lice, other se­cu­rity agents, tra­di­tional rulers and politi­cians was set up by his govern­ment to check the men­ace of il­le­gal min­ing in the state with a view to en­sur­ing san­ity and pro­tec­tion of the peo­ple and their en­vi­ron­ment.

He said based on the re­port of the com­mit­tee, only some of the min­ers had ex­plo­ration li­censes while all had no min­ing li­cense.

Mr. Ark­wright said his visit was to ex­plore ar­eas of col­lab­o­ra­tion in solid min­er­als de­vel­op­ment, the fight against cor­rup­tion and in­sur­gency.

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