Support for North-East must be harnessed-VP Osinbajo

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says the efforts of individuals; groups and donor agencies working towards the rebuilding of the North-East zone of the country must be properly coordinated.

He said this when a delegation from Borno and Yobe states, paid him a courtesy visit.

The Vice President said doing so will help avoid duplication as well as properly assign resources meant for the rebuilding process.

“The important work of government and all the initiatives that are addressing the situation in the affected North-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, must be properly coordinated, so that we will be able to avoid duplication, it will be more efficient and the resources can be more judiciously allocated,” he said.

The Vice President pledged that government would continue to engage individuals and groups in the rebuilding process, as it welcomes suggestions on how to deal with the problems affecting the zone.

“It is encouraging to have the people that are most concerned coming up with support and ideas on the rebuilding process and those concerned must be the arrow head of all the efforts to rebuild the zone. I am also happy to see that this group is developing some plans,” the Vice President noted.

Senate Leader, Ali Ndume who led the group said members came together to assist government with information concerning their people, as efforts are geared towards rebuilding the zone.

Senator Ndume said the group is therefore offering itself as a link between the people and government, so as to facilitate the rebuilding process in the zone.

“The purpose of this group is to always provide government with information on issues that are generally affecting our people and to key-in into government’s effort to resettle, rehabilitate and help our people especially now that the issue of insurgency is coming to an end,” he said.

The non-governmental organization, known as Borno-Yobe Forum praised the efforts of local and international donors as well as the National and States emergency Management Agencies.

He said the group was happy with the kind of response it got form the Vice President.