The Honourable Minister of State – Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has assured the people of the North East geo political zone of the country that the Federal Government is committed to the development of the region despite the insecurity challenges posed by the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
The minister stated that the development of the region is in line with the electoral promises of President Muhammadu Buhari to the people, which informed the citing of a number of agricultural development projects by his ministry in the region in the 2018 budget.
Lokpobiri made this disclosure when a delegation from the district head of Degubi, in the Nangere Local Government Area of Yobe State paid him a thank-you visit in his office in Abuja on January 28, 2019 to show appreciation for the execution of a number of development projects in the community by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
The minister used the occasion to appeal to the people to ensure that they vote President Buhari and the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the coming elections to guarantee more projects to the region.
He urged the people to ensure that they guard the projects safely to avoid theft and vandalization.
Said Lokpobiri, “The President is committed to developing the Northeast. These projects are done at the directive of Mr President.
“Irrespective of the difficulties of the terrain or security challenges, development must extend to all parts, he said.
Continuing, the Minister said, “But the important thing you can do for yourselves and to encourage the government is to be able to take care of the projects because they are done for the benefit of the community. I am saying this because people destroy project meant for their development.
According to the minister, “If these projects are sited for your development it is important that you can also see how you can manage them by setting up a committee to manage them.
Lokpobiri regretted that Yobe State is the least in the northeast states in terms of the number of projects the Federal Government and his ministry is embarking on in the region but assured the people that in the next budget, this shortcoming would be addressed.
In a letter of appreciation signed by the district head of Degubi, Alhahi Mohammed Sambo and General Secretary, Danjuma Baba, but delivered by the leader of the delegation Mallam Bah Abubakar, the community said, “The Degubi community of Nangere Local Government, Yobe State wishes to express its profound appreciation to the Honourable Ministe for the honour done to us through the provision of two number (2) solar boreholes and 15 numbers solar street lights. The gesture has transformed the community, thus lessening the hardship in assessing drinking water.”
The letter added, “Like Oliver Twist, we cannot but ask for more of the solar lights as well as a feeder road because its inhabitants find it difficult to reach the community more especially during the rainy season.” They assured minister of the unalloyed support and loyalty to the vision and mission of Federal Government as encapsulated in the people-oriented programme of the current administration.