The media and journalists in Borno have urged to actively participate in ensuring the successful implementation of the Borno 25-year Development Plan.
The Borno Government had recently launched a 25-year Development Plan and 10-year Strategic Transformation Plan.
The Special Adviser and Coordinator to Borno Governor on Sustainable Development, Partnership and Humanitarian Support, Dr Mairo Mandara made the call in Maiduguri when she led her team on advocacy visit to the secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)
Mandara said as respected watchdog of the society and agenda setter, the media has a vital role to play in mobilizing the people of Borno to key into the plan aimed at restoring the lost glory of the state as its moves towards stabilization and recovery after a decade of insurgency.
“We see you Journalists as our biggest partners in this drive. As the governor of Borno said, this plan is not for government alone but for all Nigerians because without peace in Borno there cannot be peace in Nigeria.
“We need you to own this document. We will be looking forward to you to champion social reorientation and social change,” Mandara said.
Mandara noted that the people of Borno were known for hardwork before the insurgency displaced over a million and forced many to resort to begging for survival.
She said that as the displaced persons returned to their ancestral communities to pick up their lives ones again, the media needed to encourage and give them hope.
“Your input, the story you put forward will determine what happened; if you put forward positive stories of hope and aspiration everybody will be hopeful and aspire.
“You job is a calling, and I think promoting peace, promoting self-reliance and promoting young people taking their future into their hands by choosing to wake up everyday to earn a living is something you are best suited to do.
“As we move forward with the implementation of the plan, you need to be our eyes by looking at opportunities we don’t see and correct us where necessary,” Mandara said.
She noted that the Borno development plan came about as a result of the need assessment of the people of Borno and what the people needed to do to move forward in achieving a self-reliant Borno with over 70 percent productive population.
Madara explained that the vision of the plan is to ensure that in the next 10 years, the state has transformed from an insurgency-ravaged society into a peaceful, stable and self-reliant society with over 70 percent productive population.
According to her, in 25 years the state is expected to be a secured and prosperous society that is a leading regional agri-business and commercial hub which connects and supplies the markets of neibouring Africa countries of Chad, Niger, Cameroon republics and beyond.
She identified five driving pillars that are critical to achieve the vision of the plan to include: Human Capital Development, Leadership in Agriculture, Healthy Citizenry, Sustainable Environment and Regional Trade Hub for Commerce that will deliver jobs and prosperity to the citizens.
“These pillars will stand on the strong foundations of Peace and Security; Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement; Purposeful infrastructure and, above all, Accountable Governance.”
Responding, the Borno Chairman of NUJ, Bulama Talba assured the team of media support for the successful implementation of the plan and other development programmes and policies of government.
Talba lauded the renewed commitment of the Governor Babagana Zulum adminstration in transforming the state and assured the administration of reliable partnership in members of the NUJ.