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North East: In seeking for President Buhari’s intervention

It is not a gain saying that the ravaging effects of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East zone have left millions of people…

It is not a gain saying that the ravaging effects of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East zone have left millions of people homeless, and thousands of lives were lost while properties were destroyed worth billions of naira. However, it is painful to note that the region has been left with zero infrastructure due to the activities of the insurgent group.

The United Nations published on its website around 2021, that over 1,400 schools were destroyed and many were forced to close the d in the northeast, all as a result of the endless attacks of the Boko Haram members. Besides, over 2295 teachers lost their lives while over 600,000 kids lost access to education in the region.

Similarly, the huge destruction caused by the insurgency group has left the northeast with zero education outstanding facilities, good roads, water and power supply. This made the region to be the most undeveloped region in the nation with a high number of out-of-school children, particularly in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states.  

Painfully, the conflicts left millions of people homeless, causing poverty, children to street begging, and joblessness among youths as well as extreme hunger and starvation. Thus, on the other hand, deteriorated the situation instead of reducing it to a minimal level.

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Nonetheless, the people of the region began to clap their hands at the president when he first came on board as he intended to restore the lost glory of the region by providing the region with some exceptional projects to improve their standard of living but unfortunately, the entire projects the presidents intended to execute were completely abandoned though only a few months left for his tenure to be exhausted.  

On the same page, the people of the region would be extremely happy if the president will command the contractors to speed up the long-awaited road project linking Akwanga-Jos, and Bauchi-Gombe roads, though the project has been approved by the government around 2018 yet there is nothing on the ground that will assure the project completion shortly. So, if President Buhari intervenes, the project will help is boosting the region’s agricultural activities as well as provide job opportunities to the younger generation.

In another development, recently the president inaugurated the continuation of the exploration of hydrocarbon in the Kolmani River around Bauchi and Gombe states. The projects will go a long way in helping the region to provide job opportunities to its teeming youths as well as boost the nation’s economy, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Therefore, if the president will intervene by asking the workers to speed up the projects the good people of the northeast will be very happy.

The completion of the projects like the dualisation of the Akwanja-Jos-Bauchi and Gombe roads, Mambila Power project, and Kolmani oil wells among others will pray a pivotal role in improving the lives of the citizens of the regions and the nations entirely. Please, Mr President, we need your intervention.

Indis Yunana Sani writes from the Department of Mass Communication at Borno State University

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