Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has said the state will begin to witness massive developments in the coming months, sequel to the recent defeat of the deadly Boko Haram sect by the military.
Shettima stated this at the Summit for the Security and Development of Northern Nigeria, organised by the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation in Kaduna on Tuesday.
He argued that the current spate of suicide bombings by the sect was an indication that the terrorists had been decimated.
He said the sect had been weakened by the superior fire power of the Nigerian military.
They are feeling the attacks by government forces more and they are becoming weaker.
Governor Shettima told the gathering that though there could be no development without peace, his administration was set to invest "in girl-child education, job creation for the teeming youths and women empowerment to set an agenda of progress and development for the state that has been battling terrorism since 2009".
In spite of the crisis, between six months and one year, there will be a massive development in Borno state with emphasis on gender empowerment, girl child education and employment generation for our teeming youths.
We need to invest in education, create job opportunities for the teeming youths and ensure gender empowerment for our women."We will definitely overcome the challenges of Boko Haram we have gone over the rubicon, we now want to tow the path of growth and development.
The deadly Boko Haram sect has wreaked havoc in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and other states in the North since 2009, with over 20,000 reportedly killed by the activities of the sect.