‘Joint counter-terrorism operations reduce insecurity, farmers-herders clashes’
The Chairman of the Northeast Governors’ Forum (NEGF) and Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has declared that the counter-terrorism and insurgency operations have reduced insecurity and farmers/herders clashes in the region.
Zulum, in a communiqué, at the end of the meeting of governors of the North East, in Gombe, said that improved security was realised with kinetic and non-kinetic operational measures of both the military and other security agencies.
Lauding President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies, he said: “We commended the efforts in combating the Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed many lives and property in over a decade.” He noted that the counter-terrorism operations of the Armed Forces are encouraging.
The forum’s chairman, however, said: “There is increasing vulnerability of the region to insecurity due to the mass movement of the bandits,” disclosing that they are gradually being pushed out of the North West by security forces.
According to him, there is an urgent need to launch a coordinated security roadmap in conjunction with security agencies and the Federal Government.
The forum noted the link between mining activities and insecurity, the reason it resolved to ensure strict compliance with the provisions of the Land Use Act.
They also expressed concern on the parlous state of power supply in the north-east region, lamenting that the region receives less than 5 per cent of national grid energy allocations.