Gov. Zulum’s 25-year Development Plan: Uk Govt Pledges Support For Implementation (photos)

By Sadiq Abubakar, The Nigerian Voice, Maiduguri

United Kingdom (UK) has added weight to the launching of the Borno State proposed '25-year Development Plan' that was initiated and launched by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on Saturday November 14, 2020 when the British Government pledged to support Borno State Government in some aspects of the implementation stages of the plan.

The UK Special Envoy who is 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 that 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 happen".

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 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 few 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.

Zulum while appreciating the tremendous humanitarian support from the international partners, however observed that with the increased agitation by the IDPs to return home, there is need for the stabilisation as well as the recovery efforts carried out simultaneously.

The Governor also noted that continous dependance 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.