The North East Governors Forum (NEGF) has committed to enhancing small-scale irrigation farming as a strategic measure to counter the adverse effects of climate change in the region. Governor Babagana Zulum, the chairman of the forum, made this announcement during the opening of the ninth NEGF meeting held in Yola on Saturday. Recognizing agriculture as the backbone of the regional economy and livelihood, Zulum stressed the urgency of fortifying this sector.
Governor Zulum also emphasized the importance of engaging key stakeholders in an industrial development program aimed at harnessing local resources within the region. Expressing gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for his unwavering commitment to fostering peace and security in the region and the nation at large, Zulum acknowledged the multifaceted challenges faced by the region, including protecting lives and property, addressing poverty, and tackling unemployment.
In his address, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, the host of the forum, highlighted the significant strides achieved in the past four years. He asserted that the forum has positioned the region on a trajectory toward sustainable development, showcasing numerous successes and advancements.
Governor Zulum urged a collective commitment to creating wealth for the people by exploring various avenues to engage the youth and diversify sources of income. He expressed optimism that, with federal government support, the region could overcome the formidable challenges it faces, fostering economic growth and reducing unemployment.