Insurgency war: Equip Police with heavy military weapons, North East Gov’s tell FG
NEWSMAN, Maiduguri – Governors of the North East geo-political zone have urged the Federal Government to allow the police carry state-of-the-art weapons in order to bridge the manpower deficit in the military as ongoing fight against terrorism in the region lingers on.
Chairman of North East Governors’ Forum (NEGF), Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum demanded this in an 11-point communiqué signed on Saturday in Maiduguri.
“We want the Federal Government to allow the police to be armed with high calibre rifles like those of the military for effective fight to end this war. The police should be provided with strategic equipment like high velocity tear gas, trackers and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs)”, the governors said.
Governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states met in Maiduguri and examined the challenges facing the sub-region, which birthed the communiqué.
The governors also advocated the security of hard-to-reach areas and farmlands to avert looming food shortage in the region.
The Forum will meet again on November 7, 2020 in Yola, Adamawa State, the Guardian reported.
In another vein, the North East Development Commission (NEDC) has set up a N6 billion Education Endowment Fund (EEF) which will annually benefit over 20000 indigenes.
Managing Director of the commission, Mohammed Alkali, said at the inauguration of the NEDC-EEF Board of Trustees (BoT) in Abuja that the fund was aimed at resuscitating the region’s devastated education sector and human capital.
“Our intention is to have an integrated approach, while the Fund will provide scholarships and training. We already have a unit under our humanitarian directorate that will deal with issues like infrastructure, so the two can go together,” Alkali stated.