Northeastern governments start regional conference, request railway line from FG

Northeastern governments start regional conference, request railway line from FG


Governors of the northeastern states have begun a regional meeting in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, urging the federal government to extend rail transport facilities to the region.

The meeting is currently being held at the Government House Banquet Hall in Yola and is attended by all the governors of the six states in the zone.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on Saturday, Forum Chairman and Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, said the region’s challenges required collaborative efforts.

Zulum called on the federal government to help overcome the region’s problems, lamenting the region’s “deplorable state of roads, lack of functioning railways and low utilization of waterways.”

DAILY POST reports that there are currently no functioning railway lines around the northeastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.

In his welcome address to his colleagues, the host, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, said that since its inception, the Northeast Governors Forum has brought much-needed attention to the region.

The current conference is the ninth in a series that the Northeast Governors Forum has held since its inception.

Source: dailypost.ng

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