Vice President Kashim Shettima has said that the federal government will construct 1,000 houses in six out of the seven North West states and Benue State as a broad plan to cushion the effect of the lingering security crisis in the region.
The North West states are Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger.
Shettima, who represented President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, disclosed this in Maiduguri during the commissioning of 77 projects executed by the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, within his second-term 100 days in office.
He said the 1,000 houses approved by President Tinubu to be constructed in the seven states of the North West would be fortified with the ancillary facilities of schools, clinics, veterinary clinics and ranches for Fulani communities.
Shettima disclosed that the president had approved N50 billion to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to kick-start the “Pulaku Initiative”, a non-kinetic solution to the crisis confronting the people of the North West.
He assured that all the parts of the country would benefit from the developmental strides of President Tinubu, while also stating that the federal government was planning to reignite wheat production in the country.
Speaking further, Shettima noted that President Tinubu was aware of the challenges confronting Nigerians and would make effort to address them.
He said, “All issues confronting Nigerians will be addressed. We will use all available vehicles to fix things. President Tinubu means well for this country and he is determined to change the fortunes of the nation for the better.
“He is a person filled with a lot of empathy for the less privileged. Some of the painful decisions taken by the government are products of the circumstances we have found ourselves in.
“Be rest assured that in the coming weeks and months this government will unveil a lot of projects and programmes that will touch the lives of many.”
Shettima, who was elated by the projects executed by Governor Zulum, said, “We are extremely lucky to have him as our leader, governor and brother at this time. Governor Zulum and I have the best of relationship, we have become the reference point in relationship management between a successor and predecessor in modern day Nigeria.
“I want to thank him for all the empathy and support, and most importantly, for putting Borno first.”