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N’East Govs Worry Over FG’s Neglect, Low Capital Projects in Region

North-East Governors’ Forum (NEGF) has reiterated its concern over the seeming neglect of the Northeast in the allocation of Federal Government Capital Projects.

In a communiqué issued at the end of its 10th meeting in Bauchi State, the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, said despite its cry for attention on the state of infrastructure in the region, nothing serious seems to be happening.

The forum said it has echoed over the years the poor road and railway infrastructure along the economic corridors that link the Northeast subregion to the rest of the country. It said:”The Roads from Enugu to Maiduguri is in deplorable State and the railway from Enugu up to Maiduguri has been destroyed.

“This is a major route for regional trade and very important for integration, peace building and improving national unity. “The region is also not included in the National Infrastructure Plan for the transition from PMS to Compressed Gas.

“The Forum is calling on the Federal Government to look into the situation and consider the reconstruction of these basic infrastructure along Enugu-Maiduguri Economic Corridor and inclusion of Northeast in all National Development Plans and initiatives.”

The forum noted with dismay, the blackout experienced by the region over the last one month and the nonchalant attitude exhibited by steps are having great impacts on the polity. But the biting economic situation in the country seems to dwarf the perceived or even potential gains inherent in these steps.”

Also, Ajayi said that Tinubu’s administration is however, not shying away from confronting the challenges. But more still has to be done to bring lasting relief to the people-bringing down prices of commodities and services that are skyrocketing and enhance security the more. The Afenifere spokesman expressed optimism that the second year of Tinubu will bring the much-desired relief to the people and put the country on the path of positive developments. His policies have impacted negatively on Nigerians – ACF Speaking on behalf of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), the National Publicity Secretary, Prof, Tukur Muhammad – Baba, said that the policies and programmes of Presithe TCN in addressing this issue of National importance for the security and development of the country.

“Forum is watching keenly the commitment made by TCN to restore power to all the state of the region by the 27th May, 2024. Accordingly, the Forum urged the Federal Government to direct TCN to take immediate action.

The Forum has resolved in the short term, to set up a solar power plant that can generate a minimum 10 Megawatts per state. “Forum notes with deep concern that the Northeast is the only region in Nigeria that has one transmission line supplying six states with a land mass of nearly 300,000 square kilometres and a population of over 35 million. “This has made the region the most vulnerable and most disadvantaged for industrial development and economic growth with over 70 per cent of its population below 35 years of age. “Forum therefore calls on the Minister of Power and indeed the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, implement the extension of the 330KV transmission line from Makurdi – Gassol – Jalingo linking to Adamawa – Gombe – Bauchi and the extension of the 330KV line from Kano- Bauchi- Yobe, linking to Borno. “Forum resolved to maximise the existing hydropower generated in Kashimbilla and Dadin Kowa dams, which the region has not been benefitting from because the Ministry of Power has failed to extend the 330KV line of Makurdi – Gassol- Jalingo line.

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