By Rita Iliya
The North Central Geo-political zone has demanded for fairness in the allocation of resources, saying they have been shortchanged since the return of democracy in 1999.
This is in spite of playing major role to those that have emerged Presidents of Nigeria irrespective of their political affiliation.
Niger State Governor and Chairman, North Central Governors Forum, Abubakar Sani-Bello, disclosed this during his interaction with the North Central Peoples Forum (NCPF) on Wednesday in Minna.
He said the North Central wants to be accorded its due respect and be fully compensated commensurate with its efforts during the electioneering periods in the emergence of government at the centre.
“We are not asking too much, but we are pleading that we should be treated fairly. Now, if we compare our efforts to the benefits, it does not match at all.
“We discussed this as governors and in some cases we compared results of each state as against appointments, projects and investments in the North Central States,” he said in a statement by his spokesperson, Mary Noel-Berje.
According to him, if adequate attention is given to the zone, it will revive its economic activities and enormous potentials for the overall benefits of the country.
He added that, henceforth, the region would demand from whosoever aspires to become the next president to meet and tell the region what offer he has for it.
The Governor explained that in spite of their political differences in the zone, it must come together to decide the future for the country.
On insecurity, he said himself and his colleagues are tackling the challenges with the support of Mr President and the security agencies.
He added that as measures to end farmers-herders clashes, all the state in the zone have been encouraged to adopt grazing reserves/ranching system.
This is to curb incessant encroachment of cattle on farms which is responsible for igniting clashes between farmers and herders.
Former Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ibrahim Mantu and patron of the forum, commended the Governor on his stewardship both for the state and the North Central Zone.
Mantu also commended the Governor on his effort towards tackling security challenges in the state.
The former lawmaker added that the governor’s priority in the areas of education, health and infrastructural development in the state would be more appreciated in years to come.
He said that the governor has spoken their minds as it affects the region and the forum will always complement the efforts of the governors of the zone.
Retired Lt.- Gen. Jeremiah Useni, Chairman, Board of Trustee, NCPF led the group to the state.
He said that the forum is non-partisan, with the ultimate goal of pursuing the growth and development of the zone.(NAN)