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Shettima Affirms Tinubu’s Dedication to North East Development 

Kashim Shettima, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Vice President Kashim Shettima on Thursday reiterated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s unwavering commitment to stabilizing and developing the North East region of Nigeria.

During a meeting with a delegation of North East Leaders of Thought (NELT) at his office in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Vice President voiced his conviction that President Tinubu has the best interests of Nigeria at heart.

“The President means well for the nation. I have seen the soul of Bola Tinubu; I will not stop saying that,” said Vice President Shettima, highlighting the President’s genuine dedication to the country’s progress.

This sentiment was expressed in a statement issued by Stanley Nkwocha, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Communications (Office of the Vice President).

The delegation from the North East, composed of influential leaders representing the region’s diversity, presented the North East Development Strategy and Plan document to Vice President Shettima.

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Senator Shettima acknowledged the significance of this delegation, noting that they were motivated not by personal gain but by a desire to secure a better future for their children and grandchildren.

Moreover, the Vice President assured the North East leaders that the North East Development Strategy and Plan document would be expeditiously forwarded to the managing director of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) within 48 hours.

Senator Shettima also recalled a recent meeting with the board and management of NEDC, where they had presented a comprehensive 10-year master plan for the region’s development. In light of these discussions, he emphasized the paramount importance of transparent leadership in implementing these crucial development initiatives.

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He stated:

“80% of the anticipated NEDC budgeted fund is coming from multilateral agencies, and if you put in place a leadership that is inept and corrupt, you cannot get a dime from these agencies.

“I tasked the NEDC management to ensure that they make tangible investments in three key areas: electric vehicle technology, agriculture, including irrigation technology, and digital education.

“We are all united by poverty, insecurity and destitution. Our problem is not ethnicity or religion. Religion has become a body of rituals devoid of practical value. We must unite to fight these common enemies,” the Vice President expressed.

The NELT delegation, under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Bata Malgwi Haruna (rtd), a former Federal Commissioner for Information and Culture, emphasized that their organization is non-partisan and non-denominational, united by a shared dedication to the betterment of the North East region.

Maj. Gen. Haruna said,

“The document provides a roadmap for the development of the North East and covers areas such as security, agriculture, manufacturing, business and trade, solid minerals, and health, among others.

“We have captured key deliveries for each sector. This document will provide an insight into addressing some of the issues facing the region,” the elder statesman pointed out.

The delegation comprised individuals such as Dr. Bawa Garba, Senator Umar Usman Dukku, Senator Abubakar Halilu Girei, Senator Adamu Muhammad Bulkachuwa, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar (SAN), the former governor of Bauchi State, Arc. Ibrahim Bunu, Bala James Ngilari, the former governor of Adamawa State, along with Ammuna Lawan Ali, David Garnvwa, and several others.



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