According to the North-East Governors’ Forum, the region’s relative tranquility is at risk due to the enormous departure of bandits from the region’s North-West.
According to our source, the governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe states were all there, except Darius Ishaku, the governor of Taraba State, who was represented at the group’s seventh meeting in Gombe.
This was declared by the group on Friday evening in a nine-point declaration that was read by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni and signed by Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, who is the Chairman of the North-East Forum.
The panel emphasized the necessity for a strategy to break up the criminals with the backing of the federal government.
The conference asserted that there is a connection between mining operations and insecurity and emphasized the requirement for strict adherence to the Land Use Act.
The communique partly read, “The forum lauded President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies for their effort in combating the Boko Haram insurgency. It noted the improvement in the security situation in the region, which had largely been achieved through kinetic and non-kinetic measures.
“The forum noted the relative peace being experienced in the sub-region, especially the reduced incidences of farmer-herder clashes, as encouraging. However, there is increasing vulnerability of the region to insecurity due to the mass movement of the bandits who are gradually being pushed out of the North-West by the security forces. On the influx of the bandits, there is an urgent need to launch a coordinated security road map in conjunction with the security agencies and the Federal Government.
“The forum noted the link between mining activities and insecurity, especially the abuse of the mining leases. It therefore resolved to ensure strict compliance with the provisions of the Land Use Act.”
The organization also lamented the estimated 5% power distribution in the area and urged the federal government to act quickly to realize the promise of the Mambila power project.