Abuja - The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said
on Monday in Abuja, that the Federal Government would develop a common
plan for the rebuilding of the North East zone ravaged by insurgency.
Osinbajo gave the indication when he received a delegation of Borno/Yobe
Forum, an NGO, which paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential
He said that all groups interested in rebuilding the North East zone were expected to key in for proper coordination.
The Vice President said that the Muhammadu Buhari administration
welcomed all contributions, suggestions and support toward the
rehabilitation of the devastated region.
He, however, insisted that such efforts must be coordinated to avoid duplication and waste of resources.
"It is important that we are all working from the same manual; we shall
have one common plan that is working; if we are coordinated we can
achieve a great deal," the Vice President said.
He promised that the Federal Government would continue to engage the
Forum and any other interested party that had indicated willingness in
rebuilding the zone.
Leader of the Forum, Sen. Ali Ndume said their mission was to thank the
Federal Government for liberating the North East from terrorists and
also attending to the needs of the displaced persons.
Ndume, who is also the Senate Leader, urged the Federal Government and
international agencies to give priority attention to Yobe and Borno in
the rebuilding initiatives.
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"Borno and Yobe states are the epicentre of the insurgency attacks and our people bore most of the brunt of these attacks."
"While we are part and parcel of the North East zone and we fully
participate in any plans for the rebuilding of the entire North East, we
must underline the urgency for the rebuilding efforts to be prioritised
in the frontline states of Borno and Yobe," he said.
He requested that the civilian JTF that had supported the military in
the anti-terror war be considered for absorption into Federal
Government’s security organisations for more productive future.
Ndume further requested for special attention to many orphaned and
widowed by the insurgency who had continued to roam the streets begging
for arms to survive.
"In addition to the reconstruction of infrastructure, rehabilitation
efforts must be people centric, taking into consideration the
unimaginable trauma most of them have suffered and are suffering."
"The government should through its relevant ministries and programmes
prioritise trauma counseling for all victims as soon as possible," he