Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau and Chairman Northern Governors Forum wants Nigerians in diaspora to invest at home to reduce unemployment among the youths.
Governor Lalong made the call while delivering a keynote address at the 2019 Annual Convention of the Zumunta Association an umbrella body of Nigerians from 19 Northern States in Minnesota-United States of America.
Mr Lalong’s address was made available to the Newsmen on Tuesday in Jos by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham.
The Governor also urged Nigerians abroad to use their wealth of experience and connections to support development initiatives in the Northern region and the nation.
He said that unless the sons and daughters of the region stepped up to assist in finding solutions to the region’s challenges, it would take a longer time to achieve results.
According to Lalong, the northern governors have resolved to synergise and pursue policies and strategies that will tackle the challenges of insecurity faced by the region and promote peaceful coexistence.
He told the gathering that he had worked with stakeholders to restore peace and he made industrialization of the state his next priority to create wealth.
He said that his administration had also been able to train and empower thousands of youths with the support of GIZ, ITF, and the Plateau Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency PLASMIDA to make them self-reliant.
The Governor, also urged Nigerians abroad not to lose faith in their country due to the challenges being experience at the moment.