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Published On: Tue, Jan 13th, 2015

Northern economy devastated by insurgency, says Yuguda

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Kano Bomb BlastFrom Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has observed that the economy of the Northern Region has been devastated by the activities of the insurgency that has for the past years been ravaging the region.

Yuguda made the observation yesterday in Bauchi while declaring open a one day workshop organized by Arewa Youth Forum where he said that the economy of the region has finished with the lost of peace and security which are the two indices for economic development.

These, he stated, were coupled with the most corrupt attitudes of the people precipitated by killings and unnecessary spilling of blood in the struggle to gain political power or position.

According to him” We have no more economy in the north following the insecurity in the region, because no economy can grow without peace and security. Without peace, there cannot be enough capital and you cannot grow economy without capital.

“The money we have in our nation is not enough to boost our economy, so the bunch of the money to grow our economy must come from outside and with insecurity no investor will come and invest in our country, he said”.

The governor frowned, “These are people that cannot obey simple traffic rules and join queue only when situation calls for such,” stressing that the region does not warrant situation for creation of job and investments for the youth and its high population of the people.

He however recalled that the federal government has setup a committee to address problems associated with cattle routes, especially Ilorin – Lagos, Otukpo – Port Harcourt, and Maiduguri to Lokoja gazette cattle routines.

Yuguda noted that the takeover of gazette cattle routes by farmers were some of the major crises

bedeviling horsemen/farmer, as future of youth is being threatened in the rebuild of old bridges that united the people of the north together.

Mallam Isa Yuguda therefore urged the Arewa Youth Forum to find bearings for the youth and deliberate on issues affecting the north while looking for way of mitigating them.

The Forum President and Project Director on Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building, Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu had earlier said the workshop was organized for participants from four conflict states of the north, Bauchi, Nassarawa, Taraba and Kaduna which has past and immediate history of conflict and violence.

Gujungu explained that the project was proposed to provide a community frame work for healing, conflict mitigation, and to offer assurance to citizenry the immediate and remote causes of problems were being tackled from community level


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