The Northern Governors Forum, NGF has resolved to adopt a sustainable and holistic approach towards tackling the challenges bedeviling the region.
This was contained in a communique read by the Forum’s Chairman,Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalung to journalists, at the end of an emergency meeting held in Kaduna.
Governor Lalung said it was the forum’s unwavering determination to rescue the region and reposition it to meet the yearnings and aspirations of it’s people, especially in the areas of security, economic and social development.
Speaking on Agriculture, he noted that, the Forum was well informed about the National Livestock Transformation Plan and its disparities with the Ruga plan.
“It is expected that the plan would ensure resettling and addressing the dislocated populations in the key conflict zones to enable them become part of the agricultural modernization process”.
According to the Chairman, the Forum would also provide a mechanism for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation in the affected communities towards a harmonious, mutually beneficial future.
The Governor further disclosed that, the Forum therefore adopted the National Livestock Transformation Plan which lays out clear path for modernizing pastoral activities and also encouraged other States not included as pilot states to endevour to join the programme.
Speaking on the Almajiri system, he said children are currently increasingly exposed to vulnerability and resultant exploitation, thereby making them susceptible to criminal activities.
“The Forum after in-depth discussions, resolved to collaborate further with experts in this field with a view to finding implementable recommendations to solve the almajiri phenomenon and take children out of the streets”.