The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) on Thursday said it will adopt a holistic approach toward tackling challenges in the region.
The Forum chairman, Governor of Plateau, Mr Simon Lalong, said at the end of the NGF’s emergency meeting in Kaduna that, “It is the forum’s unwavering determination to rescue the region and position it to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people, especially in the areas of security, economic and social development”.
Lalong said the governors discussed issues of common interest, particularly development of the agricultural sector; being the economic live wire of the region.
He said insecurity, which seems to be persisting despite concerted effort by all tires of government, was also deliberated.
Lalung noted that the meeting was expected to receive briefing from a committee chaired by Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, assigned to develop a comprehensive plan of action that would bring lasting solutions to lingering crisis in the region.
According to him, another major issue to be deliberated upon is livestock management, which has continued to generate discussions, 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……,” he said.
The forum adopted the National Livestock Transformation plan which includes modernising pastoral activities, while encouraging states not included in the pilot scheme to endeavour to join.
The meeting drew Governors, their Deputies, Secretaries to the State governments from the 19 states of the north.