By Terna Injua – Makurdi
Governors of the North Central States have appealed to the Federal Government to support the zone in its ongoing Digital Technology Project and other security preventive measures to fight all forms of crimes.
They made the appeal after a meeting of the forum held at Government House, Makurdi to discuss security and economic challenges confronting the zone.
In a communique signed and read by the chairman, North Central Governors Forum and Governor of Niger, Alhaji Abubakar Bello said there was need for collaboration between the Federal Government and the states in the provision of security equipment and joint operations.
The communique also noted that there was need for the establishment of military camps or training grounds in forest zone to block movement of criminals, saying the military should be adequately provided with heavy weapons.
It called for the resuscitation of peace and security committees at the local Government levels to enhance quick decision on insecurity, crime prevention and detection with the traditional rulers involved in intelligence gathering and sharing.
On economy, the communique enjoined states with the zone to develop fishery production programmes to create employment for the people and deepen production of high value economic crops such as soya beans, rice, cashew, maize and ginger.
The Communique also urged the states to look into ways of livestock farming through the promotion of ranching and assistance to genuine livestock farmers as well as key into the Federal Government Livestock Transformation plan.
According to the Communique, states in the north central zone should concentrate on infrastructure development such as roads and liaise with the federal government on the need to rehabilitate federal roads and manage them using the tolling system.
The meeting was attended by the Governors of Benue, Niger, Kogi and Kwara as well as the acting Governor of Nasarawa and a representative of the Governor of Plateau State.