By Levinus Nwabughiogu
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday in Abuja charged senators from the North-east to show more than a fleeting concern to the victims of Boko Haram insurgents in the north eastern part of the country.
He also asked to step up their personal efforts and commitment to the anti-terrorism war of the federal government to help make the region safer for the people.
Osinbajo spoke when he received in his office at the presidential Villa a delegation of the North-East Caucus in the National Assembly led by its Chairman, Senator Danjuma Goje.
He stated that the President Mohammadu Buhari government was committed to working with the them to rid the area of terrorism.
He said: “We need to be able to coordinate all efforts because by the very nature of the efforts, they are huge and so many. There should be a very careful plan that will take into account all the different efforts, to weigh them and see how we can be able to develop the region.
“it would appear we have done a good thing, but if we don’t pay personal attention to this, as individuals and leaders, nothing would be done.
“Ordinary people in the North-East like the farmers, men and women out there will not get anything in terms of rehabilitation except by personal attention and commitment’’ of government leaders.
“The Buhari administration is absolutely committed to working with you. The Buhari administration is ready to work with the National Assembly as “committed partners in the recovery of the North-East to bring succour to the people of the region’’.
In his remarks, the leader of the delegation, Senator Danjuma Goje told the Vice President that the delegation was in his office to express the appreciation of the legislators to the commitment of the Buhari administration to the rebuilding of the region.
Meanwhile, a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice president on media and publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, stated that earlier in the day, the Vice President Osinbajo also received a delegation of the Body of Benchers where he noted that the construction of the Benchers Hall is a laudable project which will enhance the activities of the Body of Benchers in the country.
He expressed optimism that the project is going to be completed.
Speaking during the meeting, the chairman of the Body and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed commended Vice President Osinbajo for his “integrity, hard work and versed experience which you have acquired over the years, all of which you have now brought to bear in the discharge of your responsibilities as the Vice President.”
He said the Body of Benchers as a statutory Body established by section 3 of the Legal Practitioners Act, 1962 (as amended) call approximately 5,000 lawyers to Bar every year.
But added that the Nigerian Law School Bwari could not contain the number of lawyers being called to Bar, hence the necessity to construct the Benchers Hall – a 3000 capacity edifice currently under construction, which already is at 75% completion but is stalled by insufficient fund and lack of budgetary allocation.
Justice Mohammed therefore solicited the intervention and assistance of the Buhari administration for speedy completion of the project.