North-East plans airline, bank

The North-East region will to continue to embark on developmental projects in their states as a way of addressing the insurgency ravaging the sub-region.

The Chairman, North-East Governors’ Forum, Prof. Babagana Zulum, stated this on Thursday, while laying the foundation for the renovation and upgrading of the Bauchi State Government House awarded at the cost of N6.2bn.

The governor explained that among the resolutions that were considered in the forum was the establishment of the North-East airline.

He added the setting up of the airline would go a long way in ameliorating the transportation problem of the people of the North-East.

Zulum, who is also the Borno State governor said, “We want to ensure the establishment of the North- East Bank that will provide enabling finances to our SMEs for our young men and women, especially the vulnerable, to earn their means of livelihood.

“Insha Allah, we, the governors of the North-East, are determined to bring changes to this zone.

“The insurgency has triggered acute humanitarian and human displacement crisis with devastating social and economic impact in the population further deepening fragility and poverty in the North-East sub-region.

“In order to address the root causes of the insurgencies that have caused endemic poverty, address illiteracy, high inequality, environmental degradation, unemployment, desertification, drug abuse among others, we, the governors of the North-East have no any other option than to provide the necessary infrastructure that will create jobs to the zone.

“We must have to leave the comfort of our homes and to attend to the demands of the poor, to the demands of the vulnerable, and indeed, the sub-region and the northern region and the nation at large that has fallen as a result of poor governance, resulting from highhandedness, corruption among others.”

He commended Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, for the infrastructural development of the state within his short stay in office.

Mohammed said that the new Government House project “is a legacy project,” adding that Zulum would leave landmarks and legacies behind for posterity.

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