British High Commissioner commends Gov Buni on political stability, developments in Yobe

• To commit £16m support for education in North East

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has commended Yobe state Governor and Chairman All Progressives Congress Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, for his contributions to Nigeria’s political development and stability.

A statement from Mamman Mohammed Director General, Press and Media Affairs to the Yobe State Governor disclosed that Laing made the commendation on Wednesday when she visited Governor Buni.

The British High Commissioner said the United Kingdom government was interested in a successful and peaceful election in Nigeria noted that her home government was interested in a seamless political process in Africa biggest nation.

Governor Buni said the APC Caretaker committee is on a rescue mission to save the party and working hard to reposition it for a successful outing in the next and subsequent general elections.

“The party conducted a very successful membership registration and revalidation exercise, we now have over 41 million registered members across the country with full details of every member.

“APC remains Africa’s largest political party and Nigeria’s ruling party with a population that would always win elections.

“Sadly, the country is facing serious security challenges because the nation’s security forces were left ill-equipped by successive administrations while poverty and illiteracy bred a population ready for recruitment into criminal activities”

Governor Buni said the Buhari administration is now equipping the nation’s security, buying fighter jets and other arms to combat the security challenges.

He revealed that the achievements recorded in agriculture, power sector, railway transportation, roads reconstruction and elimination of Petroleum scarcity among others are excellent legacies of the Buhari administration.

The High Commissioner further expressed satisfaction with the development strides being recorded in Yobe state.

“The development in Yobe state is very impressive and the British government is willing to partner with the state and UNICEF in the area of education,” she said.

According to the High Commissioner, the UK government will expend £16m this year to support education in the North East targeting 270,000 pupils and students, teachers training and facilities.

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