Nigeria: Northern Governors Strategise To End Insecurity … Gets New Chairman

Some of the Governors at the meeting


A committee to draw up a comprehensive regional plan to end the lingering security challenges in Northern part of the country has been set up by the Governors’ Forum.

Headed by the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, the committee is to seek audience with the President and present to him the true situation of the challenges.

A communique issued at the end of their meeting on Friday in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria, expressed worry that the current challenges of insecurity, especially in the Northern part of the country, seems to be deteriorating, despite efforts by the Federal and State Government.

The committee would, as part of its mandates, make suggestion based on the through and insightful analysis and assessment of the situation on the best possible way to the Federal Government to resolve the incessant problems, the Communique said.

On New Nigeria Development Company Limited (NNDC), the Forum appointed a Committee under the Chairmanship of the Governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar to meticulously study the current structure as well as, mission and vision of the company.

It would 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, the Communique said.

Membership of the Committee are the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, Shamsudeen Usman, Engr. Ibrahim Ali, Bello Maccido, Ambrose Feese, MK. Ahmed and Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule.

“The Forum after due consideration and wide consultations 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 who have 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.

On the Nigerian Newspapers Company Limited, the Forum 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.

Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong was elected as the New Chairman of the Forum with effect from 29th May 2019 .He takes over from the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.

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