Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong has emerged the new chairman of the Northern Governors Forum.
He succeeded the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, whose tenure has ended after piloting the affairs of the regional governors forum for four years.
Shettima took over from former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu in 2015.
The Borno State helmsman in his valedictory speech thanked his colleagues for the support and urged them to extend same to the incoming chairman.
Parts of the Communique issued at the end of the meeting read, “The Northern States Governor’s Forum convened a meeting to deliberate on the major issues affecting the Northern States and the nation at large, particularly the current challenges of insecurity which seems to be deteriorating, despite concerted efforts by the Federal and State Governments.
“The Forum deliberated extensively on the nature of the insecurity currently bedevilling the region and various ways and means of dealing with the situation.
“In order to tackle the challenges holistically in an all-encompassing manner, the Forum set up a Committee under the chairmanship of the Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari to inter-alia develop a comprehensive regional plan of action that could bring lasting solutions to the lingering crises.
“The committee as parts of its mandate would seek audience with Mr. President and make adequate presentation to him on the true nature of the security challenges.
“It would also make suggestions based on the thorough and insightful analysis and assessment of the situation on the best possible was the Federal Government to resolve the incessant.”
The Forum, according to the Communique’ “elected the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong as the New Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum with effect from May 29, 2019.”
The newly elected NGF’s chairman, in his acceptance speech, thanked his colleagues for electing him.