By Habila Victor, Kaduna
The Northern States Governors Forum has disclosed its plans to partner with the traditional institutions, religious leaders and all relevant stakeholders in the entrenchment of communal harmony, peace and security of the region and the country at large.
Chairman of the forum, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State disclosed this on Thursday at the just concluded meeting between the Governors, Emirs, Chiefs and other stakeholders held at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna.
Lalong said the decision became necessary considering the security challenges rocking the North, hence the need to put in effort to address the challenges bedeviling the Region.
The Forum resolved to put more efforts in enhancing the security and safety of all schools within their domains and therefore, urged the Nigerian Security Agencies to collaborate with the various States Governments towards achieving this noble objective.
The Governor’s reiterated their commitment towards inclusion of the rural dwellers especially farmers and herders through the provision of equitable opportunities for socio-economic and political participation both in public and private sectors.
They however, resolved to work assiduously and jointly with the Federal Government in tackling the challenges of insecurity in the Country to create conducive atmosphere for socio-political economic growth and development of the Country.
While appealing to their southern counterparts to extend their presence in the northern part of the country in order to enable harmonious and peaceful coexistence among citizens and other ethnic nationalities, the Governors reiterated commitments to work in synergy with the Southern Governors.
The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Speaker and other Members of the National Assembly, the Chief of Staff to the President, Minister of Information and Culture, the Inspector General of Police, Director General States Security Service, Chairmen of the Northern States Traditional Rulers Council led by His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto amongst others.