Vice President Kashim Shettima has announced that President Bola Tinubu has approved “Pulaaku Initiative” as a measure to tackling insurgency and banditry in Northern Nigeria. With an initial allocation of N50 billion (US $50 million) aims to improve living conditions and livelihoods in selected states, starting with Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Benue, Zamfara, Niger, and Kaduna. It will involve the construction of residences, roads, schools, and other essential facilities. Shettima made the announcement during a two-day roundtable on insecurity in Northern Nigeria, emphasizing the government’s commitment to addressing insecurity and allocating a significant portion of the 2024 budget to the security sector. Former military head of state Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar highlighted the importance of investing in education and the economy to address the root causes of insecurity, while emphasizing the need for synergy among security agencies and federal authorities.