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In­se­cu­rity: Rep seeks in­creased fund­ing for N/east

- By Balarabe Alka­s­sim Business · Nigeria Politics · Nigeria News · Agriculture · Politics · African Politics · Industries · Congress of the United States · Boko Haram · Nigeria · Africa · Muhammadu Buhari

The Chief Whip of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Mo­hammed Tahir Monguno (APC, Borno), yes­ter­day asked the ex­ec­u­tive to in­crease bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions to the north­east to ad­dress se­cu­rity and in­fra­struc­ture chal­lenges in the re­gion.

He also called for an in­crease in the al­lo­ca­tion to the agri­cul­tural sec­tor which he said had proven to be the eco­nomic life­line for the coun­try.

Monguno made the call while con­tribut­ing to the de­bate on the 2021 bud­get pro­posal.

He said the in­crease in bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion to the north­east be­came nec­es­sary in view of the dam­age done to in­fra­struc­ture like roads in the re­gion by the Boko Haram in­sur­gents for over a decade.

He said the in­crease in bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion to the North East be­came nec­es­sary in view of the dam­age done to in­fra­struc­ture like roads in the re­gion by the Boko Haram in­sur­gents for over a decade.

Monguno, rep­re­sent­ing Marte/Monguno/Ngan­zai Fed­eral Con­stituency, said that would mark the first step to ad­dress the in­fras­truc­tural chal­lenges in the north­east.

The law­maker said the north­east re­gion had suf­fered poor bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions even be­fore the ad­vent of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Over the years, no re­gion that has been get­ting low al­lo­ca­tions like the north­east. I call on the govern­ment to im­prove the al­lo­ca­tions to the north­east. Our roads and other in­fra­struc­ture are in a de­plorable state due to Boko Haram,” Monguno said.

He also called on the fed­eral govern­ment to fo­cus more at­ten­tion on the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, which he said ac­counts for about 70 per­cent of em­ploy­ment, not just in Nige­ria, but also in the en­tire African con­ti­nent.

“Agri­cul­ture in Nige­ria and Africa in gen­eral ac­counts for about 70 per­cent of em­ploy­ment. So, there’s need for an im­prove­ment in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor in view of the fact that it ac­counts for 70 per­cent of em­ploy­ment.”

The law­maker com­mended Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari for the timely pre­sen­ta­tion of the 2021 bud­get pro­posal.

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