VANGUARD. December 28, 2012
*Gov Aliyu Babangida of Niger State
Minna — Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State on Wednesday said the security threat by the Boko Haram in the northern part of the country had stalled development in the region.
Aliyu made the remark during an interactive session with newsmen at his residence in Minna.
He said insecurity caused by the sect in the North had made it difficult for investors to invest in the region for fear of losing their investments.
“I am not satisfied with the slow pace of development in the northern region, but under my leadership as chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, we have given the region good leadership.
“In terms of progress, I am not satisfied with the situation in the North now, because of insecurity slowing down economic activities to the extent that when you invite investors, they are afraid to invest their money for fear of losing their investments,” he said.
He said the development of any state in the North depended on how the governor implemented the decisions of the Northern Governors Forum.
“I can only implement the decisions in Niger State and not in other states,” he said.
Aliyu, however, said the slow economic activities was not peculiar to the region alone but the country at large as the activities of the group had given the country a negative image abroad