Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South), on Tuesday identified insurgency, and not the lack of political will, as the factor hindering development in Northeast Nigeria.
Ndume made this known in Abuja at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum.
According to him, the acts of terror are making it impossible for contractors move into the zone to execute developmental projects the government has approved.
“The biggest challenge that we have in that area is insurgency. That makes it impossible for contractors to move in.
“So what we decided to do for a while now, is to empower our people.
“I remember NCC wanted to build a computer centre so that JAMB’s Computer Based Test could be done in Biu, Askira-Uba and Ushani.
“We got the three locations, but the contractor refused to go and they took it (the projects) somewhere else.
“And this road, from Maiduguri to Biu, even to maintain it, FERMA staff, one time, two of them were killed there.
“The Chibok-Damboa Road, about eleven of their staff were killed there.
“They burnt all the equipment of the contractor on site, but the contractor fled.
“The Biu-Gombe Road, which is very critical and even safer, is being seen as a dangerous one by contractors.
“The International community, especially the United States and China have marked the Northeast, especially Borno, as a black spot.’’
Ndume said it was for those reasons that stakeholders in the area decided to focus on “direct empowerment of our people’’.
The lawmaker, however, praised President Muhammadu Buhari, for the efforts his administration had been making to tackle insurgency in the Northeast.
He expressed the belief that in spite of the odds, people in the larger part of the region would always support Buhari’s political leaning and ambition.
Ndume, therefore, urged the people of the area to resist insurgency and to remain resolute as it would soon be a thing of the past given the consistent successes of the armed forces in the zone.
NAN reports that Ndume emerged the Borno South candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the October senatorial primary election ahead of the 2019 elections.