|Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, who is also the Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) on Saturday said all activities of the radical islamist sect, Boko Haram would be wiped out in three months.
|Gov. Babangida Aliyu|
The governor made the assertion at a joint Northern States Governors/United States investors’ summit held in Abuja.
“Contrary to insinuations that leaders in the region failed to openly condemn the rascality of the terrorists, we have instead worked subtly to see to the end of the insurgents” he said. “The coming of the United States’ army to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls was as a result of the meeting the northern governors held with the American Government. The 19 governors that make up this forum would continue to condemn the invasion of the north and we are happy with the Federal Government. The group is equally happy with United States, Britain, France, China and Canada which have offered support to tackle the insurgents”.
Aliyu in a communiqué issued at the end of the summit, explained that the summit was organised to accelerate the socio-economic development of the north and the country as a whole, adding that the symposium organised by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and NSGF between March 17 and March 19 in Washington laid the foundation for the summit and partnership with investors.
He pointed out that strengthening relations between the entire northern governors through the summit was the right recipe for the development of the region.
“The summit addresses the issues of concern to the people of the region, and particularly the challenges faced by some states presently plagued by poverty, youth unemployment and insurgency” he said. “It seeks to act as vehicle through which the NSGF attracts partnership with the international investment community and aid agencies to assist in rebuilding, reconstructing and rehabilitating the north”.
The communiqué noted that the courage and confidence reposed in the region in the face of enormous insecurity challenges in the country was well-known, adding that the summit would complement the gains of the just concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) for Africa as well as the far reaching initiatives of the Federal Government to develop the country.
Aliyu urged investors to have confidence in the opportunities that abound in the region, adding that the deficit found in region should be a motivating factor to invest.
The summit which was organised by NSGF in partnership with the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, had companies like General Electric (GE), Brambles, USAID, Milhouse Engineering, Manchester Trade, World Bank, Blumber Grains and African World Export in attendance.
The 19 governors, who were in attendance made presentations highlighting areas of potentials and available opportunities for investors in their respective states.