Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State has vowed to reverse the ranking of Bauchi State as the 8th poorest state in Nigeria.
The governor who made the pledge Tuesday, when he hosted the senate committee on poverty alleviation and social investment programmes to a town hall meeting, said, he will leverage on the abundant resources in the state to relaunch it into the map of most economically viable states in the country.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Baba Tela said the rate of poverty and social inequality has greatly aided the incursion of Boko Haram insurgency into the north east.
Tela said the state was ranked 8th poorest state in Nigeria due to the activities of the insurgents which afflicted the state negatively.
“In Bauchi here, poverty and social inequality is sustained by the ongoing conflict with the Boko Haram and the effect of migration in the Northeast which has greatly overstretched our limited resources and exerted pressure on the little we have,” he said.
Tela added that available data has shown that 83 million Nigerians are now living below the poverty line, even by Nigerian standard.
He said in view of the gory situation, it becomes necessary for the state government to rise up to the challenge by taking decisive measures to reverse the trend.
The Deputy Governor said the town hall meeting was organised by the state government in collaboration with the senate committee and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
He said the town hall meeting was conducted with the view to creating an enabling environment to better the lives of the people of Bauchi State especially the youths in terms of skills acquisition programmes.