The Niger State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the areas of Security, Agriculture, Education, and Health.

The signing of the MoU was done during a recent round-table meeting in Minna – between relevant stakeholders in the State and a UNDP delegation

Governor Umaru Bago had decried the nefarious activities of bandits in the state which he said, had resulted in a high number of Internally Displaced Persons, including a large number of out-of-school children and farmers who are unable to return to resume agricultural activities.

The Governor said the humanitarian crisis in the state was a source of concern; prompting help from development partners around the world.

He highlighted several measures taken by the State government and the relentless efforts of the Security agencies in addressing insecurity in the state; including the use of Kinetic and non-kinetic approaches but the desired result had not yet been achieved.

In his address, the Resident Representative, (UNDP) Mallam Mohammed Yahaya explained that the round table meeting was an opportunity for the UNDP to get first-hand information about the numerous challenges faced by the State to come up with the best ways of addressing them.