Tinubu Approves Non-Kinetic N50bn Security Vote for 7 Northern States

Tinubu Approves Non-Kinetic N50bn Security Vote for 7 Northern States
Bola Ahmed Tinubu
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the allocation of N50 billion to fund a security initiative, "Pulaaku Initiative", which was at the same time approved by the President.

"Pulaaku" is a Fulani word that loosely means "to be shy", and a non-kinetic solution to the insecurity menace facing the North.

These approvals were disclosed by the Vice President of Nigeria, Kashim Shettima who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Hadeija, at a two-day Roundtable on Insecurity in Northern Nigeria, organized by the Coalition of Northern Groups, with the theme “Multi-Dimensional Approach to Tackling Insecurity in Northern Nigeria”.

According to the Vice President, seven Northern States will benefit from the newly approved Pulaaku Initiative and its allocated N50 billion. The states were mentioned to include Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Benue, Zamfara, Niger and Kaduna.

VP Shettima, at the Roundtable meeting, said, “Every part of the country is equal to the rest, and the government treats the needs of each region as critical. For the North, we are also embarking on a transformative journey to address the root causes of the challenges. The Pulaaku Initiative, a non-kinetic solution, has received presidential approval, with an allocation of N50bn in the first instance.

“This initiative aims to enhance living conditions and livelihoods in selected states, starting with Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Benue, Zamfara, Niger and Kaduna. The construction of residences, roads, schools, and other essential facilities is set to commence, promising to catalyze the fortunes of this region.

“I believe the informed gathering here is aware of His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s promise to the nation in his inaugural speech of ending insecurity and ending insecurity is a cardinal agenda of the government. As such we have never downplayed the foundational role of security in governance matters. This rationale led to allocating the largest share of this year’s budget to the security sector.

“As we endeavour to improve the quality of life and security for our citizens, we must also look beyond lamentations and focus on building solid defence systems and institutions, to prevent and redeem the identified lapses.”

Appraising the step taken by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in curbing the insecurity challenges facing the North, the chairman of the occasion and former military head of states said, “Additionally, investing in education and economic development can address the root causes, ultimately fostering long-term stability.

"Also, synergy among the security agencies, and state and federal authorities is key to effectively combating terrorism, kidnapping, and banditry.

"Together, we can work towards a safer and more stable northern Nigeria, ensuring a brighter future for generations to come. This will have a ripple effect on other regions within the country; thereby transforming the security landscape for the greater good of the citizens of our dear nation.

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Published 1/26/2024 10:48:45 AM

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