President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday in Gombe, Gombe State capital, unfolded plans by the federal government to accelerate development in the North-east geopolitical zone through a special intervention scheme.
The president, in his speech at the opening of the North-east Economic Summit, said the re-establishment of peace and security in the zone was essential for the successful implementation of the measures and actions envisaged in the intervention programme.
He however urged governments, traditional rulers, community leaders and the people to support the armed forces and security agencies operating in the area, with a view to ensuring speedy return of peace in areas affected by insurgency terrorism.
“My administration is committed to doing all within its powers and abilities to end the security problems of the North-east and help the region to productively harness its abundant resources once again for the benefit of its people and all other Nigerians.
“There can be no doubt that the unique experience that this region has had with Boko Haram necessitates aggressive and urgent action to revitalise its economy. Such action entails a functional partnership involving the federal government, state and local governments as well as traditional leaders of thought in the region.
“There is a need for the North-east to join forces with the federal government in articulating a unique transformation vision and plan to drive the region’s future. The plan I envisage must be based on a partnership model in which all of us must play our respective roles,” Jonathan added.
According to him, the federal government is already consulting with state governments in the zone in a bid to define a shared vision, workable strategies and responsibilities of all stakeholders for the economic resurgence of the region.
After declaring the event opened, the president visited the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Usman Abubakar, at his palace and was honoured with the staging of a full durbar to commemorate his visit.