Northern governors met on Thursday in Kaduna in search of solutions to the region’s pervasive security challenges.
Governor Simon Lalong, chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, stated that the emergency meeting was summoned to enable governors address some matters of urgent importance for the survival of the region and the well-being of its people.
“You will recall that during our last meeting, we deliberated extensively on many issues, particularly the nature of the insecurity currently bedevilling our region and how to deal with the situation.
“We consequently set up a committee under the chairmanship of His Excellency, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, to inter alia develop a comprehensive regional plan of action that could bring lasting solutions to the lingering crises”, Lalong said.
The Plateau governor disclosed that briefings would be received from the committee while their findings and recommendations would be deliberated upon.
He said another major issue which would be deliberated upon is the issue of livestock management in the country and, in particular, the region, which had continued to generate discourse, controversy, misinformation, and, even, politicisation.
According to him, “You are aware of the many attempts to find lasting solutions to the incessant farmer-herder clashes, cattle rustling and associated criminalities such as banditry, kidnapping, among others.
“At this meeting, we shall deliberate on the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), which was commissioned by the National Economic Council chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and seek to support and strengthen the development of market-driven ranches in the livestock ecosystem for improved productivity through breed improvement, pasture production, efficient land and water utilisation.
“As a region that holds the comparative advantage in livestock management as an economic and socio-cultural vocation, we need to come up with a common front on how to synergize and draw from the funds available for the programme and ensure that we derive maximum benefits for our people.”