Poor border town development responsible for conflict, insecurity—Sen. Gumel


Senator Gumel

By Cecilia Ijuo

Sen. Abdullahi Gumel has said that poor development and lack of social amenities at the border towns across the country were major reasons for continued conflicts and insecurity.

Gumel, Chairman Senate Committee on States and Local Governments, made this assertion in an interview with newsmen at the end of the committee’s oversight visit to National Boundary Commission and Border Community Development Agency in Abuja.

The lawmaker attributed the challenge to poor funding of border agencies, leading to insecurity and growing conflict in over 90 communities across the country.

He said the poor funding of the agencies, which were critical to conflict resolution and provision of projects in border towns, was worrisome.

The lawmaker said that the committee discovered during its oversight that capital release for each of these agencies was only 10 per cent in seven months, adding that it was grossly inadequate.

He stressed that the agencies had not…

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