The President-elect also assured the delegation the receding of lake chad will be addressed through the transfer of water from the central African Republic to the lake to boost it commercial activities for fishing and irrigation farming. He recalled that he once red a document raising fears about receding of the Lake Chad which he handed over to then President Olusegun Obasanjo but now that he would be coming as President, he will handle the matter. Buhari said the Lake has the potentials to create millions of jobs through irrigation and many other commercial uses it was associated with many years ago.
While acknowledging delays in oil exploration activities in the Chad Basin, the incoming President said he was very much aware of exploration activities in the area since 1978 as Minister of Petroleum.
He said he had visited a site in Borno State as a Head of State to assess exploration activities. He maintained that he was very conversant with the issue and would take it up as President when he settles in office. General Buhari said he had many years ago, suggested the need to take the search for oil in the north seriously not only to increase the export potentials on Nigeria but also to balance cross regional perceptions and manage agitations so as t:o enhance the stability of the country.
He promised to pay special attention to the economic potentials of the northeast so as to make it attractive for investments.
Governor Kashim Shettima who led the delegation in company all traditional rulers, elders, elected National and State Assembly members and other stakeholders, had earlier disclosed that they were at the resident of the president-elect to congratulate him over his historic victory at the polls and to also remind him of problems affecting Borno State which he already knew.
The Governor said the people of Borno feel so much attached to General Buhari given his background as someone that served as Military Governor in the State. He said the citizens looked up to him with so much hope because the President elect was very much familier with the problems of the State and how it has suffered in the last six years owing to massive killings of its people and extreme destructions of communities and public institutions. He pleaded with the incoming President to pay special attention to the affairs of the Borno.
The Shehu OF Borno Alh Abubakar Ibn umar Garbai Al Amim El-kanemi,appealed to the president Elect to consider making the Federal Government take over the welfare of youths volunteers fighting insurgency in the State, noting that Borno State Government has been spending so much on that in addition to huge expenditures in managing the Boko Haram insurgency besides spending on capital projects and payment of salaries of workers. The Shehu also appealed for Buhari’s intervention on resumption of commercial airlines to Maiduguri international Airport, which has been suspended almost two years ago.
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General Buhari said he had many years ago, suggested the need to take the search for oil in the north seriously not only to increase the export potentials on Nigeria but also to balance cross regional perceptions and manage agitations so as t:o enhance the stability of the country.
last time AIT and NTA were bared because of family concern, Now Mr president agenda is to balance cross regional perception not Nigerians perception, 2moro it will be individual perception, Mr president what brings about stability is dismantling of blocks and ensuring social security
The change that has come to nigerians presently is nepotism. Mr president was and is Northern people.s congress man