By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Northern Governors Forum is determined to restore peace and unity to the region, the Chairman of the Forum and Plateau State Governor, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong has
He gave the assurance in Zaria on Wednesday,
speaking when he visited his alma mata, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), where he met with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala and other principal officers of the University.
A statement issued to newsmen by the Director Public Affairs Directorate of the University, Malam Auwalu Umar said Governor Lalong said the major focus of discussion at Northern Governors’ meeting billed to hold in Kaduna on Thursday would centre mainly on peace and unity in the region.
The Governor stressed that there should be peace and unity in the North irrespective of the religious differences and ethnic affiliations in order to bring progress and development to the region.
According to him, Northern leaders must emulate the late Premier of the region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto who always defended the rights of the North all his life.
The Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum also explained that Sardauna’s priority was agriculture and that the North’s comparative advantage was still agriculture.
“Today is a very good moment for me to be in Ahmadu Bello University, my alma mata. I’m here representing the Northern Governors’ Forum; we can’t be talking àbout agriculture at our forum without going to ABU for their input,” he said.
The Northern Governor’s Forum Chairman stressed that all hands must be on deck to ensure that Nigeria remains one given its diversity and that all acts that would lead to its disintegration should totally be condemned.
Governor Lalong described Ahmadu Bello University as the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa and commended the Vice-Chancellor and other key stakeholders for sustaining the Sardauna’s legacy.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Kabir Bala, described the visit of the Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum as “auspicious”.
The Vice-Chancellor also told the Governor that efforts were now being made to restore the prestige of the university and that all hands must be on deck to ensure its sustainability.
Prof. Bala said that agriculture still remained the strongest point of the University given the strength of its Agric Complex, a model which could not be found anywhere in the world.
The Governor was in company of Kaduna State Commissioner for Business Innovation and Technology, Mr. Idris Nyaf, who represented Governor Malam Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai, and Secretary to Plateau State Government, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu.
Members of the Plateau Community in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria led by Dr. Danjuma W. Dodu of Department of Building were also at hand to receive the visiting Governor.
Governor Lalong and his entourage were later taken round the National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS) and Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) where he addressed the Management staff of the institutes.
They were also at Institute of Administration and Faculty of Law in Kongo Campus where the governor met with his former law lecturers and staff of the faculty.