From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad has lamented the influx of displaced people from neighbouring states where there is massive insecurity into Bauchi, overstretched the state’s infrastructures, just as he declared that his administration cannot compromise the security of lives and properties of the people in the state.
According to him, the state is the gateway to the North-east and North-central that has its security challenges. The governor, who stated this, when a delegation of the National Institute of Security Studies, Course 14, paid him a courtesy visit at the Council Chamber, Government House, Bauchi, said that the state is facing challenges in terms of demographics, migration and immigration due to people running from centres that are devastated by insecurity of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, adding that the influx of migrants into the state has overstretched the infrastructures of the state.
“Our population has risen from the official record 6.5 million to about 10 million in Bauchi, thereby overstretching our services and infrastructures. “We have the highest number of outof-school children and therefore there is unemployment, youth restiveness and of course there are infrastructure and service gaps in health, in education and even in our transportation and the rest.
“There is high expectation from the polity thereby overstretching our security agencies,” the governor said. He added: “In Bauchi, we are within the zone that is so pervasive in terms of security. “We have the Boko Haram and the incursion of other security issues entangled with the help of the security agencies some of the issues on community relations.
“The conflict between herders and farmers and even between our own brothers and sisters of various faiths in terms of religion, there appears to be a certain lull over the polity and is giving us some solitary effects in a manner that will be able to sit down and plan and do so many things that border on the theme of your course which is security and sustainable development in the various sub-nationals and in Africa generally.”
Muhammad said his administration is funding a joint patrol team that is very robust to ensure that security agencies with the military are always on their toes in maintaining the peace in the state, particularly the local government areas that are more vulnerable because of the exposure.
Earlier in her remarks, the leader of the delegation, Mrs. Evenmiloye Oyeyele, said that 66 participants of the institute are currently undergoing a 10-month course, leading to the award of fellows, adding that the 17 participants in her delegation are members of syndicate 4.
She said that the purpose of their visit was to tap from Governor Muhammad’s wealth of experience in governance, particularly how he successfully managed the security challenges in the state.