BY AMOS TAUNA, KADUNA – Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), has resolved to develop a comprehensive regional plan of action that could bring lasting solutions to the lingering insecurity crises in the region.
In a communique issued at the end of its one day meeting in Kaduna on Friday, the Forum said that a committee under the chairmanship of Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has been constituted to seek audience with President Muhammadu Buhari and make adequate presentation to him on the true nature of the security challenges in the region.
The communique which was signed by the Chairman of the Forum and governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, stated that the Forum deliberated extensively on the nature of insecurity currently bedeviling the region and various ways and means of dealing with the situation.
The communique further states that Masari-led committee in order to tackle the challenges holistically in an all-encompassing manner, would make suggestion based on the thorough and insightful analysis and assessment of the situation on the best possible way the Federal Government
is to resolve the incessant problems.
It states in part; “On New Nigeria Development Company Limited (NNDC), the Forum appointed a
Committee under the Chairmanship of His Excellency, the Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar to meticulously study the current structure as well as, mission and vision of the company and come up with a road map on how best to resuscitate and re-invigorate the Company towards the realization of its pre-set goals and objectives. Membership of the committee include Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, Shamsudeen Usman, Engr. Ibrahim Ali, Bello Maccido, Ambrose Feese, MK. Ahmed and Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule.”
The communique said after due consideration and wide consultations, the Forum resolved to appoint Malam Tanimu Yakubu as the new Chairman of the New Nigeria Development Company in view of his vast knowledge and wealth of experience.
It also resolved that the current management of the Company that has been operating in acting capacity should remain until the appointment of a substantive Executive management.
“The Committee on the NNDC as part of its assignment should ensure that the Board of the NNDC follow due process in the appointment of the new Executive Management through advertisement of vacant positions and other extant procedures.
Similarly, due process to be followed in respect to the new Nigerian Newspapers Company Limited.
“The forum also directed New Capital Properties a subsidiary under NNDC to continue with the disposal of NNNC properties with a view to settling other outstanding liabilities of the Company and transforming it into a new media outfit. The Forum expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for settling the pension arrears of the company’s pensioners.
“The Forum thanked the management of Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation for their laudable programmes and other noble activities that has direct impact on the lives of the people. The Forum assured the Foundation of its continued support and assistance at all times.
“The Forum elected the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong as the New Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum with effect from 29th May 2019.”