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U.S. to Assist Northern States to Tackle Underdevelopment

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PIC. 33. FROM LEFT: GOVERNORS ABDULAZIZ YARI OF ZAMFARA; AMINU TAMBWAL OF SOKOTO AND  MOHAMMED JIBRILLA OF ADAMAWA STATE WELCOMING THE VISITING U. S. SECRETARY OF STATE, MR  JOHN KERRY TO A MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATE GOVERNORS AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA  ON TUESDAY (23/8/16). 5925/23/8/2016/ICE/BJO/NAN

FROM LEFT: GOVERNORS ABDULAZIZ YARI OF ZAMFARA; AMINU TAMBUWAL OF SOKOTO AND MOHAMMED JIBRILLA OF ADAMAWA STATE WELCOMING THE VISITING U. S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY TO A MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATE GOVERNORS AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (23/8/16).
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Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state said the U.S. Government had indicated commitment to support the Northern states in job creation, solid mineral exploration and enhancement of girl-child education.

Shettima made this known while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting between visiting U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry and selected governors from the northern states in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that the U.S. expressed readiness to assist the states in strengthening their agricultural sector, health care system, promote renewable energy and gender empowerment.

“We had very fruitful cross-pollination of ideas with the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry and his team.

The issues that we discussed were on the areas of enhancing the wellbeing of our people and in ensuring stability in the Nigerian nation.

We discussed about the issues of the insurgency and other security challenges in Northern Nigeria.

But fundamentally, we made him to realise that underneath the mayhem and nihilism of the Boko haram lie extreme poverty.

We called on him to come with the American support in the areas of job creation, largely in the area of agriculture, mining, education, which is absolutely essential for the take-off of any society.

This is because the whole world is becoming knowledge-driven. We requested for support in the area of girl-child education and gender empowerment.

And, of course, we sought for support in strengthening our health care facilities, health insurance and all that will enhance the values of livelihood,” he said.

GOVERNORS AMINU TAMBUWAL OF SOKOTO; MOHAMMED JIBRILLA OF ADAMAWA AND MOHAMMED ABUBAKAR OF BAUCHI STATES WELCOMING THE VISITING U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, MROHN KERRY TO A MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATE GOVERNORS AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (23/8/16). 5926/23/8/2016/ICE/BJO/NAN

GOVERNORS AMINU TAMBUWAL OF SOKOTO; MOHAMMED JIBRILLA OF ADAMAWA AND MOHAMMED ABUBAKAR OF BAUCHI STATES WELCOMING THE VISITING U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY TO A MEETING WITH NORTHERN STATE GOVERNORS AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (23/8/16). 5926/23/8/2016/ICE/BJO/NAN

The governor added that the meeting also discussed the need for the U.S. to assist the states to boost power supply through renewable energy system.

“Lastly, we discussed about renewable energy because power, whether we like it or not, is a sine qua non for any industrial take-off; no society can grow industrially if they do not have the adequate power supply.

So, we requested for their support in the area of renewable energy, be it solar or wind.

But, the most important thing is, in spite of advances in science and technology nothing can replace the personal contact in diplomacy.

So, we are quite thrilled by the warm reception and the deep commitment to Nigeria that Secretary Kerry showed in the course of our meeting,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kerry had earlier met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed-doors.

Photo Credit: NAN PHOTO

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

15 Comments

  1. Andrew

    August 24, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Wonder whats so funny in the first pic

  2. Aisha

    August 24, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Funny how this help seems to be available all of a sudden; after the north declared exploration in their region…

    • Damilola

      August 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Right, it’s all about exploration of oil. Oil is not even in high demand the way it used to be, so better to invest in something else to build the economy. U.S only help when they are getting something in return. If northerners want to develop their states, they would have long ago looking at how much embezzlement, corruption they acquired since they are the ones mostly in power. They will probably use their hands to destroy it too.

  3. EC

    August 24, 2016 at 6:25 am

    please, if you want to assist the north start with education. Better yet you cannot make progress if the people themselves do not want the change. There needs to be a shift in their mindset to allow for change. Eg Borno with one of the country’s highest unemployment rate. That needs to change. Educate yourselves and do not leave your girls out of this.

    All this one of Kerry showing up and the talk of renewable energy means little. Start by helping yourselves because you know where the issues are.

  4. Iris

    August 24, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Yet some will be ready to die for their leaders – leaders who reigned supreme over Nigeria for years and didn’t pause to even show nepotism and develop their areas. If they’re looking for money for development, the source is in Minna.

  5. artklub

    August 24, 2016 at 6:41 am

    wetin this one dey come look for naija again? everybody look well-well. this one na mr. double intentions…

    • artklub

      August 24, 2016 at 6:44 am

      why are u asking for all this help? u bloody beggars, cant u do all that stuff yourself? u need papa america to come wipe ur bum-bum as usual? stop asking for help, u got all the means to take care of this situation yourself. so helpless. be sitting in government helping yourself and padding then turn around and beg for aid….

  6. nnenne

    August 24, 2016 at 10:46 am

    At times like this, am glad the North has ruled Nigeria the most.
    Can you imagine what they will be telling the rest of the world now ?

    It is important to note that a state like Boronu, Gov. Shetima’s state gets more allocation than Anambra state.
    Alsop important to note that the South East and South, South were the ones that came out of civil war, with only £20 rehabilitation per family, regardless of whatever amount they left in bank and ran during the war.
    They were also the ones who lost properties, most human resources , could not go to school even if they wanted to , for a period of time
    Let’s always remember these!.

    • nene

      August 24, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      gbam

  7. Engoz

    August 24, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I thought the US was an infidel country according to our Northern brothers. They even rejoiced after 9-11.
    What strategic steps are the south eastern governors taking though?

    • FasholasLover

      August 24, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Don’t mind the hypocricy of the Northern elites. All of a sudden, the infidel is now the saviour. They send their kids to the best schools abroad. Access healthcare abroad. Holiday abroad. Yet, they sell the poor a dummy that anything western comes from the infidels.

      On another note though, I do not trust this new love for Nigwria. America is like the devil. It gives with one hand and takes double with the other. Nigeria, beware of the Trojan gift/horse.

  8. nene

    August 24, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    evrytime north north north. yet no development of the people. why does the international community focus on the north? bill gates is always donating to the north. you never hear of aid to the south or west, it is always the north. i hope this is a blessing in disguise for those of us from other parts of nigeria who don’t receive aid, i don’t know what their agenda is in the north.

  9. Okechukwu Ofili

    August 24, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    And Southern states don’t need any help with Under Development? Its okay…

    • Naijatalk

      August 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Help offered In light of the devastation wrought by boko haram, as if the people who really need the aid – the persecuted Christians, will sniff the help. Irony of the most corrupt region with the most corrupt set of leaders receiving help lol

  10. Ola

    August 24, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    The charity begin at home, what kind of help the Imperial power want give us, when millions of African American and other minority are in unbearable condition in America, if American government cannot do nothing for these people, then, how do we expect help is coming from this country. When the create the condition, that our people are facing now, the same people will come back and say, they are coming to help. Our Only help, is ourselves, no help is coming from nowhere, we must understand that American interest is only priority of American government, our Northern government, and other traditional leaders have to come out with solutions of tackling this condition, they created out greedy, by denied development of their people. If the Northern Nigeria state can come together, and investing heavily in a mechanized farming , this create millions of jobs, this will reduce poverty, when poverty is reduced, violence will reduce, that only way the can help themselves, the should stop waiting for where there is no help.

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