Acting President says North-east needs more funds

Nigeria’s acting President Yemi Osinbajo is advocating an upward review of budgetary allocation for the welfare of displaced persons in the North-east.

Osinbajo says government has a lot more to do for the displaced persons who he said are equal citizens of the country that must be well catered for.

He said this at the Presidential Villa when he hosted a delegation from Borno State. The group was on the visit to commend the government for securing the release of another 82 Chibok girls.

Professor Osinbajo says the return of the Chibok girls calls for celebration.

Review of intervention fund
He, therefore, solicited a review of the intervention funds for the North-east.

“Looking at the whole question of the hunger and malnutrition going on in the North-east, when you speak of the budgets of the Presidential Initiative for the North-East, PINE, Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative, PCNI and all the other initiatives that are in place in the region, I think that we have to take a second look because, when you look at the Buhari plan for the zone and the cost for such plan, you will see that what we are providing now is not even up to 10 percent of the cost; the cost is just enormous and we must take a good look at it within the shortest time,”  the acting President explained.

Government integrity
He said the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari was a major factor that led to successful negotiations and subsequent release of the girls, stressing that government will not rest on its oars, until all the girls are found.

“A lot of what has happened in the past few months especially the return of the first set of girls and these ones, is largely on account of the fact that the international community, our development partners and those who have helped in the whole process of negotiation believe in the integrity of our President, They recognise his genuineness and forthrightness. That has helped a great deal and we are thankful for that kind of leadership,” he said.

The acting President said government must address all challenges confronting the country.

“The way that God works is that he puts people in positions of authority knowing that they are capable of redressing the situations that they find themselves in or providing the kind of leadership that he wants, otherwise, we shouldn’t be where we are. We cannot wait for another generation of leaders, it is this tenure of leaders who must do what it takes to resolve most of the issues that face us today,” Osinbajo added.

Presidential commitment
The leader of the delegation, Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima said the commitment of President Buhari led to the release of the Chibok girls by their captors.

Governor Shettima stated that the State government would remain grateful to President Buhari for giving hope to the parents of the girls and Borno State in general. He expressed the hope that the remaining girls would be rescued.

The Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume expressed delight at the commitment of the Nigerian government in restoring peace in the North-east.

Senator Ndume solicited more support to address the current humanitarian crisis of the state.

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