Governors Mai Mala Buni (Yobe) and his Borno counterpart, Prof. Babagana Zulum, are currently undertaking a study tour in Japan to borrow from the Hiroshima recovery process of the post-1945 Atomic bomb destructions.
The study tour coordinated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) is to equip Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa state governments with a sustainable post-insurgency recovery process.
In a statement, Buni’s Director General Press and Media Affairs Mamman Mohammed, said the Managing Director of Northeast Development Commission Mohammed Alkali, is also on the trip.
He quoted the Governors and a representative of Adamawa state government as saying the Hiroshima experience would contribute to fast-tracking peace-building and recovery processes from the horrific Boko Haram insurgency in their respective states.
Buni was said to have also discussed areas of interest to the state which include education, agriculture, humanitarian and livelihood support as well as youth empowerment and skills acquisition.
“The delegation also had discussions on the Japan-Nigeria Parliamentary Friendship league, a lecture series on the history of Hiroshima, peace-building and recovery.”
“The governors paid a courtesy call on the Vice President of JICA, the Deputy Governor of Hiroshima city, and the Nigeria Ambassador to Japan.
“Also in the delegation is Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Dr. Abubakar Garba Iliya,” the statement read.