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The 19 northern governors on Friday met in Kaduna over the growing security problems and Almajiri menace in the North.
The Northern Governors Forum, therefore, set up a Committee on Insecurity in the North headed by Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari to find solutions to the issue.
The governors also resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on the best way possible to tackle insecurity in the region.
These were part of communiqué read by the forum’s Chairman and Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima at the end of the meeting at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna.
Meanwhile, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has emerged as Shettima’s successor.
The Borno governor’s four-year tenure ends on May 29.
Shettima will be representing Borno Central in the 9th National Assembly.
Shettima of the All Progressives Congress took over from former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu in 2015.
The communiqué read in part, “The forum deliberated extensively on the nature of insecurity currently bedevilling the region and the various ways and means of dealing with the situation.
“In order to tackle the challenges holistically, the forum set up a committee under the chairmanship of the Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu B Masari, to, inter alia, develop a comprehensive regional plan of action that could bring lasting solutions to the lingering crises.”
The forum also appointed a former Economic Adviser to the late President Umaru Yar’Adua as chairman of the New Nigeria Development Company.
It also set up a committee under Jigawa State Governor Abubakar Badaru to study the current structure of the NNDC and come up with a road map on how best to resuscitate the company to meet its objectives.
While fielding questions from reporters after reading the communiqué, Shettima said although the forum was not opposed to the Almajiri system in the region, it would focus on providing quality education for all children in the North.
According to him, the forum has resolved to provide infrastructure, teachers and teaching aids to give children of the poor education in the region.
Shettima thanked his colleagues for supporting him, urging them to extend same to his successor.