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North East Governors’ Forum Reinforces Collaboration, Prioritizes Regional Integration

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By Abubakar Abdullahi

The North East Governors’ Forum (NEGF) held its 9th meeting in Yola, Adamawa State, expressing satisfaction with the increasing cooperation and collaboration among member states in the region.

The Forum, consisting of the Governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe States, reaffirmed its commitment to fostering a unified front and pursuing shared goals in matters of security, social cohesion, and regional economic integration.

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Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Chairman of the Forum and Governor, Borno State in a Communique issued said during the meeting, several key decisions were made as outlined in the communique issued at the end of the forum. These include:

Emphasizing Subregional Integration: The Forum reiterated the importance of subregional integration and resolved that each member state should designate a cabinet-level appointee responsible for driving this agenda.

Addressing Climate Change and Environmental Degradation: The Forum acknowledged that climate change and environmental degradation are significant issues impacting the subregion.

It, therefore, decided to strengthen collaboration with initiatives such as the Great Green Wall and the Global Initiative of Carbon Credit financing.

Promoting Trade Fair: The Forum commended the readiness of the Bauchi State Government to host the North East Regional Trade Fair in February-March 2024.

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It encouraged active participation from all subnational entities within the region and invited the nation, Africa, and the global community to experience the rich culture, tourism potential, hospitality, and economic opportunities available in the region.

Enhancing Education: The Forum assessed the compliance of member states with the decision to domesticate the Education Law 2022, recommended by the Northeast Education Council.

States yet to domesticate the law were urged to do so in the interest of strategic regional integration.

Strengthening Security Collaboration: While noting positive improvements in the security situation, the Forum stressed the need for enhanced collaboration among member states in designing a comprehensive security architecture for the region.

It resolved to work closely with security agencies to establish a common security roadmap.

Pursuing Regional Economic Development: Recognizing the necessity of a robust platform for regional economic growth, the Forum committed to working collectively to boost human capacity and socio-economic development in the North East.

Urging Infrastructural Development: The Forum expressed concern over the poor state of the region’s infrastructure, particularly neglected federal roads

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