The Armed Forces have been urged to intensify efforts to secure liberated areas from the Boko Haram insurgents and other hard-to-reach areas in the North-East region to ensure farmers have access to their farmlands.
This is part of an eleven-point communique issued at the end of the second North-East Governors’ forum meeting held in Maiduguri.
Presenting the communique, Chairman of the forum and Borno state Governor Prof. Babagana Zulum commended the federal government for its relentless support in the fight against insurgency.
The forum recommends that the manpower deficit in the armed forces should be bridged by allowing the Police to carry state of the art weapons.
The communique called on the federal ministry of water resources to accord more attention to recharging the Lake Chad from national bodies and strengthen the river basins in the sub region.
The Governors also pledged to work together to foster regional integration, growth and development especially in exploitation of its oil and gas potential, mineral resources, agriculture and industrialisation.
The meeting was attended by Governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno and Gombe while that of Taraba and Yobe were represented by their deputies.