Governors in the North West want the UN to help the problematic area

May 20, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

Governors from the North West states of Nigeria have sought humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation support from the United Nations for their region.

The North West has suffered significantly from banditry and terrorism in recent years, resulting in severe hardship for its residents.

A statement issued on Friday by Oluseyi Soremekun, the national information officer for the UN Information Centre (UNIC), revealed that North West governors met with the United Nations Country Team, led by resident and humanitarian coordinator Mohamed Malick Fall. They requested UN assistance to tackle their extensive developmental challenges.

The statement detailed: “Malam Dikko Umaru Radda, chairman of the North West Governors Forum and governor of Katsina State, led the delegation, which included Senator Uba Sani of Kaduna State, Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State, Jigawa State governor Mallam Umar Namadi, Sokoto State deputy governor Alhaji Idris Muhammad Gobir, and Zamfara State governor Dauda Lawal, to the UN House in Abuja.

“The governors outlined the region’s primary issues: insecurity, multidimensional poverty, a high number of out-of-school children, rising illicit drug use, high child and maternal mortality rates, and significant youth unemployment.

“They pointed out that nearly 80 percent of the population depends on agriculture, but they are struggling with land degradation and climate change, which have reduced their agricultural yields. They also raised concerns about severe child malnutrition.

“The governors committed to providing the political support necessary to ensure that UN interventions in the North West are implemented swiftly and effectively.”

The chairman of the North West Governors Forum emphasized: “The only way to overcome the challenges in the North West is through a regional approach, requiring coordinated efforts. We must collectively fight poverty and unemployment, which are the main root causes of insecurity in the region.”

The UN resident coordinator expressed his pleasure at meeting six of the seven governors from the zone and assured them of the United Nations’ commitment to supporting the North West in addressing these development challenges.

He noted that addressing the high levels of multidimensional poverty in the North West is crucial for Nigeria to achieve its sustainable development goals, which would also positively impact the African region.

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