N’ Central APC Seeks Devt Commission Amid Security Concerns

By Taiwo Niyi

In a significant effort to address the pressing issues in Nigeria’s North Central region, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) recently held a crucial zonal meeting in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State.

Leaders from across the region gathered to discuss key developmental priorities and the numerous challenges faced by the area.

During the meeting, President Bola Tinubu was praised for his adept handling of national issues and reforms deemed essential for sustainable development.

A major proposal that emerged was the establishment of the North Central Development Commission (NCDC). This commission aims to tackle infrastructural deficits, rampant banditry, and other security concerns that plague the region.

Among the outlined priorities were the dredging of the River Niger and the revival of the Ajaokuta Steel Mill in Lokoja.

There were also calls for the protection of the rights of APC lawmakers in Plateau State and for more appointments of party loyalists from the region to key governmental positions.

The meeting attracted prominent figures from the region, including Governors AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq (Kwara), Engr. Sule Abdullahi (Nasarawa), Ahmed Usman Ododo (Kogi), and Hyacinth Alia (Benue).

Representatives from Niger State also participated, along with senators, members of the House of Representatives, ministers, and party executives.

Senator George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, noted President Tinubu’s commitment to the region’s development.

He promised upcoming infrastructure projects and a fairer distribution of appointments.

Governor AbdulRazaq, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum for the region, highlighted the meeting’s objectives, stressing unity, support for the President, and the pursuit of development initiatives.

The gathering also discussed the formation of committees focused on reconciliation and project formulation to foster unity and align government policies with regional aspirations.

Addressing concerns over insecurity, flooding, and infrastructural deficits, the governors underscored the need for collaborative efforts to create a safer environment.

Such efforts are crucial to harnessing the region’s vast potential in agriculture and mineral resources.

The meeting underscored the importance of ongoing party reforms and initiatives like the Progressive Institute, aimed at empowering members and driving progressive policies.

Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Idris Wase, echoed the call for unity and reiterated the urgent need for the NCDC and the completion of critical infrastructure projects to uplift the North Central region.

The meeting therefore marked a significant step toward addressing the region’s challenges. Through concerted efforts and collaboration among stakeholders, the North Central region aims to foster development and overcome its security and infrastructural issues.

About Funmilayo Ojo

Funmilayo Ojo is a Mass Communication Graduate. She is a prolific writer and a journalist who is gifted in Media works. She is also a business tycoon. She is currently the Regional Editor, of Southwest National Telescope Newspaper. She is happily married to Femi and they are blessed with lovely kids. Email: sweditor@nationaltelescope.com

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