ACF meets in Kaduna over security, mineral exploration in the North


By; Mohammad Ibrahim,  Kaduna.
Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Tuesday held its Annual General Assembly meeting in Kaduna to discuss mineral resources exploitation and security challenges in the region.
The forum, which is also the mouthpiece and the socio-political group of Northern Nigeria, is to float a security summit on insurgency, kidnapping, cattle rustling and others in the region.
The meeting Presided over by  Deputy Chairman, Board of Trustees  (BoT), AVM Mukhtar Mohammed also discussed how to enhance solid minerals exploration in northern Nigeria.
Briefing the meeting on activities of the Forum in the last one year and projection for the next 365 days, Secretary General of the forum, Col. John Ubah said ACF was on the top gear of leading the campaign for the exploration of solid minerals for the development of the region.
According to him,  the forum has been in close contact with an exploration firm to prepare a template of solid minerals deposit in the region.
“The forum has been in close contact with Messrs Bima Rocks and Minerals to prepare a template of Solid Minerals deposits in the North and to produce and launch a Master Chart which will be used to solicit the prompt action of Northern State Governors on solid minerals exploitation for the benefit of the region,” he said.
On the Security the secretary said, the summit which is targeted at sensitizing stakeholders on the menace of insurgency, kidnapping, cattle rustling and others will hold before the end of 2016.
According to him, Organizing Committee of the summit had since on the 7th of August been inaugurated, with former Nasarawa State Governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu as its Chairman.
Those in attendance at the meeting were, former Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, AVM Mukhtar Mohammed, Senator Joseph Waku, former ACF Chairman, Alhaji Aliko Mohammed, Ambassador Marina Mohammed, former Federal Character Commission Chairman, Professor AbdulRahman Oba Abu, ACF Secretary General, Col. John Paul Ubah (Rtd).
Others were  Former President Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir, Gen. John Shagaya and Managing Director of Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Shettima Aji Ali.
A communique is expected  at the end of meeting.


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