Northern governors to meet Monday over National Conference


The forum will also discuss the region’s security challenges

The governors of Nigeria’s 19 northern states will meet Monday to deliberate on the national conference proposed by the federal government, the Northern State Governors’ Forum has said.

The group will consider a position ahead of the talks, and will also discuss the region’s security situation which is blighted by Boko Haram insurgency.

The chairman of the forum and governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, disclosed this in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Danladi Ndayebo, on Saturday.

The statement said the governors will also discuss the New Nigeria Development Company, NNDC, an investment business concern that is jointly owned by the 19 northern states, as well as the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, SABMF, and donations made to the dependents of security personnel who lost their lives during the Ombatse killings in Nasarawa State last year.

Four governors of the forum, led by Mr. Aliyu, visited Lafia, Nasarawa State last year after the attacks, and pledged N100 million to the families of those killed by members of the Ombatse cult group in Alakyo village of the state.

The statement said the meeting of the governors will be preceded on Sunday by a meeting of the Forum of Secretaries to the Governments of the 19 Northern States, under the chairmanship of the coordinating chairman of the forum and Secretary to the Government of Niger State, Saidu Kpaki.

Meanwhile, the forum has also commiserated with Etsu Nupe and chairman of Niger State council of traditional rulers, Yahaya Abubakar, over the death of his uncle, the Kpotun Nupe, Halilu Usman, who died in Kaduna at the weekend.

A condolence message by Mr. Aliyu described the death of Mr. Usman, who was also a legal practitioner, as a big loss to the emir and the entire people of Niger State, especially that it came at a critical period when his support and guidance were needed to help resolve the myriad of challenges confronting the nation.

“Over the years, the one-time Company Secretary of the New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) was a uniting force who worked for peace, unity and tolerance among diverse ethnic and religious interests that cohabit in the Nupe Kingdom,” Mr. Aliyu said.

The forum called on all Nigerians to emulate the late Kpotun’s exemplary life of selfless service lived with uncommon humility and absolute faith in God.

It urged the Etsu Nupe to be consoled by the fact that it is only Allah –SWT- that gives and takes life whenever He pleases.

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