Emulate South-South, South- West, Nyako tells Northern Governors

The Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, has asked the 19 Northern States in the country to emulate their counterparts from the South-South and South-West regions and come up with a regional economic bloc to address the challenges confronting the region.

Mr. Nyako, who stated this at the Workers Day celebration in Yola, the state capital said the Northern states as a matter of urgency need to fashion out a regional and economic blueprint to reverse the levels of “poverty, illiteracy, disease, unemployment and insecurity, ravaging the region.â€
The Governor who was represented by his deputy, Bala Ngillari, said the endemic poverty, illiteracy and  the insecurity in the region occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency has greatly undermined the “unity and prosperity” of the region.
He advocated the coming together of the states in the North to arrest its retrogression.
Mr. Nyako said the sectarian violence, which has continued unabated, fueled  by poverty and illiteracy, has made the North a shadow of its old self.
The North, which spoke with one voice in the days of late Sardauna of Sokoto Sir Ahmadu Bello is “today a mirage” because the region has been deeply polarized, the governor said.
On the Boko Haram insurgency, which has resulted in the death of hundreds of innocent lives, Mr. Nyako said the only way for the country to crush the insurgency is for her to confront the challenge as one “united entity” and together stem the tide of poverty and illiteracy which has devastated the region.
He added that the Northern governors have a critical role to play in reversing the despicable development in the region
“They must speak with one voice and match their words with actions”, he said.

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