UK pledges support for the implementation for Borno State 25-year Dev Plan
By Sadiq Abubakar
The British Government t has pledged support towards to implementation of the Borno State proposed 25-year Development Plan, which was launched on Saturday November 14, by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum.
The UK Special Envoy who is also the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Nicholas Dyer, made the announcement when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to Governor Babagana Umara Zulum at the Government House Maiduguri on Monday.
He said, “We are particularly pleased to see the Governor has launched his 25 year development plan for the state, because having this type of vision in terms of how to move from the situation of where we are now with deep humanitarian challenge and insurgency to a situation where we can support people’s livelihood and long term development is what we all want to see happened”.
Nicholas added, “I am particularly interested today to see the fact on ground, we hear a lot about North East Nigeria, and I have come today to visit few of the IDPs camp and to have a conversation with His Excellency, the state Governor, to see what the facts are on the ground and to see how the UK government can support the state of its vision and how we can improve development and delivery of assistance we are providing.”
Nicholas was accompanied by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Liang, and some officials of the High Commission.
Responding, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum expressed appreciation to the government of UK for their continuous humanitarian and technical support to the North East.
The Governor cited factors that include lack of job opportunities, hunger and illiteracy as the root causes of the insurgency, which he said, requires long and sustainable solution to address.
While appreciating the tremendous humanitarian support from the international partners, Governor Zulum observed that with the increased agitation by the IDPs to return home, there is need for stabilisation and recovery efforts to be carried out simultaneously.
The Governor also noted that continuous dependence on hand-outs from the international partners is not sustainable, noting that many IDPs are now returning to safe areas to pick up the pieces of their livelihood.