North­ern govs seek peo­ple’s sup­port against in­se­cu­rity

The Punch - - NEW YEAR’S DAY CELEBRATIO­NS - James Abra­ham, Jos

The North­ern Gov­er­nors’ Fo­rum has sought the sup­port of the peo­ple against in­se­cu­rity in the re­gion. The gov­er­nors also pledged to work closely with the Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari (retd.), to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the North and coun­try in gen­eral.

In a New Year’s day mes­sage on be­half of the gov­er­nors, Plateau State Gover­nor Si­mon La­long, who is the chair­man of the fo­rum, called for the peo­ple of the 19 north­ern states to sup­port the fed­eral and their state gov­ern­ments in their bid to check the se­cu­rity chal­lenges fac­ing the re­gion.

“The North­ern Gov­er­nors Fo­rum re­joices with Nige­ri­ans on the cel­e­bra­tion of 2020, urg­ing for col­lec­tive re­solve to build a Nige­ria that is more united, pros­per­ous and eq­ui­table” La­long said in a state­ment by his Direc­tor of Press and Pub­lic Af­fairs Macham Makut.

“The year 2020 is full of prospects and op­por­tu­ni­ties for Nige­ri­ans to again work for the up­lift­ment of the coun­try by sup­port­ing all lev­els of gov­ern­ment to carry out de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives that will strengthen the econ­omy and its peo­ple.”

The fo­rum lamented that in­se­cu­rity had se­ri­ously af­fected the de­vel­op­ment of the North, de­mand­ing an end the problem.

La­long said, “The North­ern Gov­er­nors Fo­rum re­mains com­mit­ted to car­ry­ing out ro­bust ini­tia­tives to­ward tar­get­ing poverty, il­lit­er­acy, dis­eases and in­se­cu­rity that are plagu­ing many parts of the re­gion and the na­tion.

“All that is re­quired is for all to demon­strate pa­tri­o­tism and gen­uine com­mit­ment to make the de­sired sac­ri­fices that are needed to build a na­tion that is self-suf­fi­cient and strong enough to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for its peo­ple to flour­ish.”

“We will con­tinue to peer re­view one an­other and also bench­mark targets for re­gional de­vel­op­ment plans that will en­gen­der peace­ful co­ex­is­tence and peo­ple­ori­ented pro­grammes.

“We shall con­tinue to work closely with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment un­der the pur­pose­ful lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu

Buhari to cre­ate syn­ergy that is crit­i­cal to achiev­ing mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment of the North and the na­tion at large.”

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