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N-Power: Gov. Shettima asks for more 10,000 slots Featured

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L-R: Personal Assistant to the Vice President on Political Affairs, Gambo Manzo; Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, Mr. Afolabi Imoukhwuede; Special Assistant to the President on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Mohammed Brimah; Technical Assistant to the SSAP Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, Roland Akalugwa; and the Borno State Focal Person of the Social Investment Programmes, Babazanna Abdulkarim, when a delegation of the N-Power Programme on Friday paid a courtesy visit to the Borno Government House, Maiduguri. L-R: Personal Assistant to the Vice President on Political Affairs, Gambo Manzo; Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, Mr. Afolabi Imoukhwuede; Special Assistant to the President on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Mohammed Brimah; Technical Assistant to the SSAP Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, Roland Akalugwa; and the Borno State Focal Person of the Social Investment Programmes, Babazanna Abdulkarim, when a delegation of the N-Power Programme on Friday paid a courtesy visit to the Borno Government House, Maiduguri. Credits: Borno State Govt House

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has appealed to the N-Power Governing body to consider giving 10,000 extra slots to his state in the light of the huge needs created by years of insurgency.

The governor, who told the team it would help recovery for the state hit by Boko Haram activities, added that the sect’s activities had taken their toll on Borno. However, Shettima expressed optimism that allotting additional 10,000 placements for the state would temper the   devastating effects of various acts of terrorism carried out in the state over the years.

Praising the visiting N-Power Implementation and Monitoring team for “standing the test of time despite misgivings and mischief makings”, Gov. Shettima explained that while some states are jostling to be recognized as the 'worst hit state by Book Haram', statistics by the World Bank and other agencies have shown that Borno accounts for $5.6 billion of the total $9.5 billion lost to the battle against terrorism in Nigeria.

Citing examples of Chibok, Bama and Gwoza, where the Emir and some of his children were killed, the Governor said, “If you want to assist us or add value, cover every part of the state because no part hasn't been unaffected. We need your support and we would continue to partner with you.”

Governor Shettima added that his state is open to any idea or initiative that advances the welfare of Borno citizens without discrimination for ethnic group or religion.  This he said reflects in the appointment of people in his team.

“What we emphasize is equity, justice and fair play. Any Nigerian resident in Borno has every right to call himself a son of Borno.

“It doesn't matter where you're from. What matters is your capacity, passion and aggression to add value.

The Governor further pleaded for everyone, without recourse to ethnic or religious prejudice, to focus on reviving Nigeria, the 'sleeping giant of Africa', to take its pivotal role in global affairs.

Shettima continued, “We are wearing white, but most of us, our hearts are black and religion has become a body of ritual devoid of any capital value. More harm has been done in the name of God than in any other name.

“The worst is over and we are ready for development. We are one nation with a common destiny.” 

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