Northern Governor’s Forum holds emergency meeting in Kaduna

 Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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The Northern Governor’s Forum is holding an emergency meeting in Kaduna to deliberate on issues sorrounding insecurity, livestock management, Almajiris and poverty.

The Chairman of the Forum, who is also the Governor of Plateau State, Solomon Lalung said this while delivering his speech.

The Chairman said, the emergency meeting was summoned to address matters of urgent importance on the survival of the region as well as the  well being of the people.

Comprehensive Regional Plan
Lalung stated that the meeting was expected to receive briefing from a committee Chaired by Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari which was assigned to develop a comprehensive regional plan of action that could bring lasting solutions to the lingering crisis in the region.

According to him, another major issue to be deliberated upon is the issue of the livestock management in the Country and in particular the Northern region which he said, has continued to generate discuss, controversy, misinformation and even politicization.

“You are aware of the many attempts to find lasting solutions to the incessant farmers/herder clashes, cattle rustling and associated criminalities such as banditry, kidnapping amongst others,” he said.

National Livestock Transformation Plan
The Chairman explained that, there would be deliberations on the National livestock transformation plan, which was commissioned by the National Economic Council chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

It seeks to support and strengthen the development of market driven ranches in the livestock ecosystem for improved productivity through breed improvement, pasture production, efficient land and water utilisation.

“As a region that holds the comparative advantage in livestock management, as an economic and socio cultural vocation, we need to come up with a common front on how to synergize and draw from the funds available for the program and also ensure that we derive maximun benefit for our people.

“Hopefully, we shall develop strategies on how best to deal with misinformation about the National livestock which is sometimes confused with the rural grazing area project,” the NGF Chairman explained.

Lalung said the clarification was important because of the urgent need to cultivate the buying of all stakeholders.

He said it would provide a conducive environment for nomadic herders and those who rear livestock using the private/public partnership and model to key into the National livestock transformation plan of the Nigerian government.

The Chairman assured that, in the course of their engagement, the New Nigeria Development Company shall be commissioned. It which was awarded in 2014 with the aim of consolidating the investment portfolio of the Company and promoting it’s mission of advancing the commercial and industrial development of the region.

He recalled that, a committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar to study the current structure, mission and vision of the Company and come up with a road map on how best to resuscitate and reinvigorate the company.

“We have to think out of the box, especially, when it comes to the economy of our region which has so much needs that are staring us in the face everyday,” he said.

The Chairman said, the Forum would  continue its discourse on how to solve the almajiri phenomenon which continues to be a social and security challenge for the region.

Effective Resolutions
He therefore urged all his counterparts to engage in a robust, open and frank discussion that will assist them to come up with practical and effective resolutions that would move the region to the next level.

“We cannot afford to do otherwise because our people have entrusted us with their mandates and look up to us in dealing with their day to day challenges which includes poverty, illiteracy, insecurity and economic opportunities,” he stated.

The meeting drew Governors, their Deputies, Secretaries to the State government from across the nineteen States of the Northern region.

 

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