The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has said that the “madness” occasioned by the activities of radical sect, Boko Haram in the state would “evaporate” once the youths are gainfully engaged.
Mr Shettima, who spoke on Tuesday at the signing of tripartite agreement for the establishment of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) in three geo-political zones, including the North-east, North-central and South-south zones, said he believed the insecurity and hardship in the state would be a thing of the past once it was able to create jobs and engage the youths.
The governor said, “We are going to partner with the CBN to see to the realisation of this very noble and lofty initiative of the central bank towards ameliorating poverty and creating employment opportunities in the northeast sub-region of the country.
“We are not going to disappoint you; we would fulfil our own part of the bargain of the EDC and create the enabling environment for the EDC in the North-east sub-region,” he assured.
“Believe me, beneath the mayhem of Boko Haram, beneath the madness, lies extreme poverty and joblessness and hopelessness of the people. Once we create jobs, once we engage the youths, believe me, this madness will evaporate,” the governor stated.
He said he believed the issue of Boko Haram would be a thing of the past within the next two years.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday promised Nigerians that his administration would perform better in 2013 and improve on their welfare in all aspects. The President gave the assurance while speaking shortly after he had laid the foundation stone of the Living Faith Foundation’s Bible College in Kaduna.
“Let me assure all of you and indeed all Nigerians that 2013 will be better for us than 2012 in all aspects of the nation’s history. The New Year shall be better for us in terms of job creation, wealth creation and improved security among others,” the president told the worshippers.
President Jonathan urged Nigerians not to lose hope because he and members of his team had resolved to make significant changes in the country during his tenure.
He said although the changes might seem to be slow in coming because of the tedious processes involved, they would soon be manifesting.
He said he was aware that people found it difficult to continue to believe the government because of the challenges they are facing.
“Sometimes, challenges make people doubt the sincerity of government, but I am confident that God knows everything,” he said.
The president also spoke about power generation in Nigeria and said that his administration is working hard to alleviate the difficulties businesses and people face from the epileptic power situation in the country.
“Small scale businesses such as barbing salons cannot continue to buy generators to operate and break even. My wish is for Nigerians not to have generating sets.”
He also said that said although the changes in the country might seem to be slow because of the tedious processes involved, they would soon be manifesting in forms of better well-being for the people.