Infrastructural development of projects in rural areas fights terrorism in N’East, says Buratai
The former Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) and Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd), has said that the infrastructural development of projects in rural areas fights terrorism and insecurity in the Northeast.
According to him, the provision and sustenance of rural infrastructural facilities in rural communities are means of protecting lives and property in the country.
Buratai unveiled the counter-terrorism measures yesterday (Saturday) while presenting the first convocation lecture at the Nigerian Army University, Biu (NAUB), Borno State.
The former ambassador, therefore, called on stakeholders and authorities at the federal and state levels to commence the construction and rehabilitation of roads for accessibility to rural and ungoverned spaces.
Besides accessibility to rural areas, he added that the development of rural infrastructural projects will attract socio-economic development to stem the tide of insecurity in people’s lives and property.
“In terms of infrastructural facilities, there are several other areas that are inaccessible and have contributed immensely to insecurity in the northeast,” he lamented.
The former CoAS noted that most of the infrastructural development projects are, however, sited in the 36 state capitals of the federation.
Buratai tasked the six state governors in the region to look inward and see what they could do to open up their local government areas with various infrastructural facilities.
He noted that infrastructural developments in rural areas could also attract investors to harness the vast agricultural, livestock, and mineral resources to fight poverty, unemployment, and inflation.