Northern Govs constitute high-powered committee for restructuring, fail to adopt consensus position

Northern State Governors Forum, NSGF, has ended its two days’ meeting in Kaduna, without adopting a consensus position on restructuring as earlier pledged on Thursday by its chairman and governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima.

It would be recalled that during its Thursday meeting, the NSGF chairman asserted that, “It is also my expectation that at the end of this meeting, today and, God’s willing, tomorrow’s meeting (Friday), of the Governors, the Forum and our esteemed royal fathers will adopt a consensus position on restructuring of the country that will be reflective of the general overall interest of the people of Northern Nigeria and which will attract popular acceptance.”

Instead, the Forum has come up with high-powered committee constituted to collate views and comments on the state-of-the-nation, with specific reference to the agitations for restructuring of the country, which it stated, has assumed different meanings to different people.

A communiqué issued and signed by the Forum’s chairman, Kashim Shettima, at the end of its meeting in Kaduna, Friday, stated that the Committee would be chaired by the Governor of Sokoto state, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal.

The committee is mandated to collect and collate views regarding various agitations for the restructuring of the country from individuals, groups and corporate organisations in the region, and come up with acceptable, tenable and sustainable position in consonant with the provision of the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended; “and should take into cognisant the current constitutional amendment processes going on in the National Assembly,” it added.

The Forum, however, advised proponents and champions of restructuring the nation to respect the laws of the land and pursue their objective within the confines of the constitution.

While it commended the media for effective overage of its activities, the communiqué stated that the governors, in a joint meeting with traditional rulers in the north on previous day, made analytical review of the various recurrent challenges in the region, in order to come up with implementable and impactful ways and means of overcoming them in an all-encompassing and decisive manner.

The Forum also took decisions on situations with some of the Northern properties, including New Nigeria Development Company, especially with regards to concerted efforts made in the establishment of its proposed New Nigeria Commodity Marketing Company Limited, which had been incorporated, with its head office to be in Kano.

The Forum was also briefed on Kaduna Textiles Company’s appointment of Gherzi Textile Organisation as its consultant, and Sur. Investment Limited as a joint venture partner to establish a fully integrated Textile Mill/Armed Forces Garment factory.

Other legacies of the founding fathers of the region discussed were: New Nigeria Newspapers Company, Forest Reserves and status of Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation.

Over-centralization of security and general weakness of institutions like judiciary and law enforcement agencies, hate speeches and impact on social media, reconstitution of some federal government institutions, reoccurring conflict between farmers and cattle rearers, recent attack on NNPC staff and other security personnel in Borno state, were also discussed.

The Forum reaffirmed its commitment to national unity, peaceful coexistence and the rights of all Nigerians to reside and own property in any part of the country as guaranteed by the constitution.

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