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  • Updated: March 30, 2024

Easter: Zulum reveals plan to achieve food security, urges prayer for Tinubu, Nigeria

Easter: Zulum reveals plan to achieve food security, urges p

The Governor of Borno, Babagana Umara Zulum has revealed his administration's plan to achieve food security in the state while noting the economic challenges experienced by residents.

He said his administration has invested hugely in different sectors of the state, noting that he has personally led the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons in the state but achieving food security remains important.

In a statement on Saturday extending his felicitations to Christians on the occasion of the 2024 Easter celebration, Zulum said he has met President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to support the state revive irrigation farming, particularly in the Lake Chad region.

He urged the Christian faithful and residents of the state to pray for President Tinubu to succeed and for Nigeria's development during the Easter period.

The Governor's New Media aide, Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi conveyed the Governor's message on Saturday.

The governor's message partly reads: “Let me, on this auspicious occasion, felicitate with our Christian brothers and sisters in Borno and throughout the country.

"I urge us all in this solemn period to commit to prayers for the development and prosperity of our dear country and to our President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for God’s guidance and wisdom to steer the affairs of Nigeria for greatness.

“Fellow citizens of Borno, as your Governor, I understand the burden this office places on me. In the last five years, we have achieved remarkable success in our efforts to restore peace in our state. We invested hugely in education, healthcare, agriculture, and provision of potable water, among many other sectors.

“I have personally supervised the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable communities who have faced unimaginable terror from the insurgents; this effort is to give our people hope and prevent the possibility of anyone being lured to join the insurgency.

“As the economic hardships deepened, we also scaled up our palliative distribution to other communities who were not directly affected by the insurgency. In this exercise, the interventions were extended to over 200,000 people.

“While we understand the difficulties faced by the people, we recently shifted our focus to the revival of agriculture as a sustainable means of attaining food security and sufficiency.

“To achieve this, in the last couple of days, I have met the President, and he gave his assurance of improving security in Lake Chad, to give access for the re-activation of the South Chad irrigation scheme, which when fully revived, can provide food for the entire country.

“As the Governor of Borno State, I would like to reassure you of my commitment to the welfare of our citizens and to provide the needed leadership where development thrives. 

"We will employ a multifaceted approach in providing solutions to our problems in the areas of security, economy, youth unemployment and other critical areas.”

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