Governor Umar Al-makura of Nasarawa State has urged the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North to remain committed to its mandate.
The governor said this in Lafia, the state capital, when members of the committee paid him a courtesy call at the Government House. Al-makura said the committee should pursue vigorously its mandate of bringing members of the Islamic ?Boko Haram? sect to the dialogue table.
The governor also urged members of the committee to offer wise and sincere advice to the Federal Government as regards the Boko Haram insurgency. He said that the sponsors and collaborators of terrorism could be prominent individuals living within and outside Nigeria.
According to Al-makura, ?without peace in the country, there will be no meaningful development.? He expressed regret that before the emergence of `Ombatse’ insurgence, the state had enjoyed relative peace and was reckoned as one of the most peaceful in the federation.
The governor, however, promised that he would not rest on his oars to ensure that security challenges in the state were adequately contained. He stated that the most desirable intervention would be to provide basic infrastructures which are capital intensive but are the springboard and the foundation for any kind of development.
?So when I came on board two years ago, I had to focus my mind into concentrating on providing these basic infrastructures. ?I appreciate the fact that my predecessors were not able to provide these because of the capital intensive nature of such projects due to the meager resources the state gets from the federation account.?
He, however, said that through ?prudent management”,   fear of God and the support of the people  …we were able to manage the state … without any serious distress.? Al-makura said that the enabling atmosphere led to the state to be adjudged as one of the most peaceful …in the federation?.


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