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Security: Governors are handicap – Yari

The Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum (NGF), Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara, says state governors can not enforce maximum security in their domains because they are not in control of security agencies.

Gov. Yari told newsmen in Abuja at the end of an NGF meeting on Thursday that the governors were working energetically with the federal government to tackle the lingering security challenges across the nation.

The NGF meeting, the third of its type this year, was convened to address critical issues facing the governors in their states in relation with the Federal Government.

‘We are not in control of either the soldiers or the police or any other security men but what we can do is to sit down with security men in our respective states to support security agencies.

‘’In terms of logistics, we are doing our best and we will continue to support the federal government in this regard.

The NGF chairman also told newsmen that the security challenges facing the nation was a global phenomenon which governments all over the world are striving to contail.

He said most of the security problems facing the country was inherited before the administration of today and before some of our governors emerged as governors and so as governors they were working to put in there best to support the security agencies in the respective states with logistics; as the only thing they can do.

Gov. Yari explained that been the first meeting held in the new secretariat of the NGF they received briefings from the Minister of Trade on the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

He said ” We looked at and deliberated on the best way for Nigeria to benefit from the agreement that was signed.

The NGF chairman said that the Forum also received briefings on Stamp Duty Revenue from a consortium of  consultants and set up a three-member committee consisting of governors of Ogun, Niger and Akwa Ibom states, to find out how the country can benefit from the stamp duty revenue received over the years.

He added that the NGF meeting also deliberated on other issues including the proposal to replicate  EduMarshals Project at the state level, how to harness  traffic  management System  at the state level as well as the TV /Radio Rates Collection Project.

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