Gov Zulum Commends North East Civil Society Forum
… As they Organise 2 Day Peace and Security Summit
By Sadiq Abubakar
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has commended the North East Civil Society Organization Forum for its initiative and commitment to the restoration of peace and development in the state and region.
He said that peace is a necessity and vital thing without which, there wouldn’t be any meaningful development anywhere. He reiterated his government’s commitment to assiduously pursue his 10 point agenda which has security and education as priority.
The governor stated this at a two day 2nd North East Peace and Security Summit organized by the North East Civil Society Forum held at Armani Event Center Conference Hall, Maiduguri from Wednesday, 28th to Thursday, 29th January 2021.
Represented by the Chief of Staff (COS) to the Governor, Professor Isa Hussaini Marte, the Governor added that his government has also improved on the girl child education, Youths development and Empowerment among others.
He also donated N5 million as support to the NECSF programme, noting that, the state government was making concerted efforts to end the conflict and willing to partner with all the stakeholders to return peace and provide security to the people as part of good governance, transparency and accountability
Zulum called on the NGOs to key into the 25 years Development Plan and10 years Transformation Initiative and appealed to them to desist from renting houses for 5-10 years instead of 2-3 years.
He further charged the NGOs to carry out their development plans or programmes to rural areas to develop and provide jobs to the people.
The Chairman, Network for Civil Society Organisations North East, Ambassador Ahmed Shehu thanked the state government, of the North East, security agencies, CSOs, NGOs in partnership and collaboration with the CSOs in the North East for their support and contributions.
He further called on the participants to come out with a workable communique from the findings of the Regional Consultations of Civil Society Organizations in North East while assuring of continuous working relationship with the security agencies, state governments of the North East, media, CSOs in all the 6 states and other stakeholders.
The Head of Office Nigeria , UN OCHA, Mr. Trond Jensen said there has been tremendous violent change and narrative in the livelihood, Empowerment and development, pointing out that, UN has been participating in the peace process and humanitarian activities in many communities apart from providing protection to civilians.
Speaking through virtual platform, he disclosed that so far there are over 26000 civilians that lost their lives to the insurgency, 1.9 civilians are homeless and over 3 million civilians are displaced in the North East.
Goodwill messages from other NGOs like NORCAP, INGOFORUM, PARTNERS and Security agencies promised to support and liaise with the NECSF for further collaboration and implementations of the communique as catalysts for ideas, intelligence and implementations of the resolutions.
Others noted that peace can only available when there is security stressing the need for security personnel to be involved in the process and continue to support and provide security.
State governments representatives from Gombe, Taraba and other states pledged support to the implementation of the agenda and continuous collaboration with the organizers and stakeholders while promising also to key into the recommendations of the participants and stakeholders.
Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, Borno State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development pledged also to support the implementation of the communique while commending CSO for organising the summit.
It will be recalled that the North East Civil Society Forum expressed serious concern about the scale of insecurity in the northeast region and Nigeria in general ranging from insurgency, abductions, kidnappings, and violent conflicts among others that have overwhelming implications on the lives and safety of innocent citizens.