By; Amos Tauna, Kaduna.
The meeting of Northern States of Governors’ Forum and Joint Extra-Ordinary Meeting with Chairmen of the Council of Emirs/Chiefs have resolved in the interest of the entity of the North to collectively tackle the issue of insecurity as one family.
A communique signed by the Chairman of Northern States of Governors’ Forum and governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, expressed appreciation to the council of Emirs/Chiefs for their support, insight and bringing to bear their vast experience on the issue of security and social well-being of the people.
The meeting resolved to accept the recommendations of the body of the Attorneys General of the 19 Northern States to demonstrate the model penal code, the model Fiscal Responsibility Law and the model Administration of Criminal Justice Law through the necessary legislative actions and subject to the individual peculiarities of the State in order to ensure transparency, prudent management of public fundsnd smooth dispensation of criminal justice in the region.
On New Nigeria Development Company, NNDC, the meeting noted that the management should evolve a comprehensive Business Plan and present to the forum at the April meeting.
The meeting also resolved that the governors of Kaduna and Sokoto States should lead in the discussion on power and financial institution respectively and report progress at the next meeting.
The communique noted that the committee that undertook the study of New Nigerian Newspapers Company made their submission and the forum resolved to adopt the report of the committee stressing that it would follow up with the federal government on the issue of the outstanding pension arrears of its pensioners while it promised to restructure the company to a modern media outfit.
The meeting appreciated the efforts of the federal government in curbing criminality in the polity and for subduing Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
It extends its condolences to the government and people of Borno State over the accidental bombing at Rann of Kala-Balge local government and sympathized with families of victims in Southern Kaduna who lost their lives during the unfortunate incident while assuring all that that the crises would soon be a thing of the past.