Armed Banditry: Northern Governors set new targets

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Nigeria’s Northern Governors forum says it is working with President Muhammadu Buhari’s three months deadline for an end to banditry in the region.

Last two weeks, President Buhari gave his new service chiefs three months to end attacks and abductions by armed bandits in the country’s northern region.

Mr. Simon Lalong, the Chairman of the Northern Governors forum, Saturday said the region was working with the security chiefs to meet the deadline.

“In collaboration with the service chiefs, we are doing a lot underground. Just as the President has given them three months, we have also given them three months to finish the job and so far we have been working together on that three months deadline,” said Lalong in a media chat in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

The Northern Governors, Lalong said have long expected changes in the security system of the country. “Only a fool will continue to do the same thing and expect different results. We said this repeatedly that if we keep doing the same thing, we can’t achieve a different result. Let’s bring in new people and those people have also come in with new ideas,” Lalong said.

Key strategies taken to end the attacks, the NGF pointsman who is Governor of Plateau State said remain classified. However, moves are being made to revive “student police” and related school safety programs in Plateau State, said the Governor.

“So far, we have not had any threats in our schools but what is happening in other states is enough warning. We are taking adequate steps to ensure the safety of our students and academic institutions,” he said.

Government according to Lalong is also upgrading infrastructures and workforce in local schools to recommended standards.

About 2000 certified teachers will be hired, and 100 new schools constructed in few months, in partnership with the World Bank, said the Governor.

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