NGF, Traditional rulers calls for state policing to tackle insecurity
The Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Northern Traditional Rulers Council are seeking the establishment of state police to tackle security challenges in the region and the nation at large.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State who is the Chairman of the forum said this in a meeting held in Abuja on Monday night where security challenges were reviewed.
The meeting focuses on security situation in the North and other matters relating to its development and resolved to support the amendment of the Constitution to accommodate the establishment of state police.
According to a statement, on Tuesday, by the Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the governor said the move would effectively and efficiently address the security challenges of the region.
NGF reiterated its commitment to the development of solar energy in view of the comparative advantage of abundant sunshine in the region.
Consequently, it was unanimously agreed that 2,000 megawatts of solar power should be harvested across the 19 states and Abuja with a view to harnessing the huge potential of solar power.
The gathering regretted the ongoing ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) strike, which it believes, was more punitive in the region, as most of the students in the area attend public institutions.
The body, therefore, pleaded with the university teachers to “cooperate with the Federal Government in resolving the dispute.”
At the meeting were Gombe State governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya; Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari; Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai; Kebbi State governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Borno State governor, Babagana Umara Zulum; Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello; Taraba State governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku; and deputy governors of Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa and Jigawa states respectively.
Traditional rulers present included the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III; Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi; Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero; Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli; Emir of Fika, Alhaji Muhammadu Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idrissa; Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad; Emir of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Muhammad Ahmad, Emir of Gumi, Justice Lawal Hassan Gumi; Attah Igala, Mathew Opaluwa; Ochi’Idoma, Pastor John Elaigwu; and Aku Uka of Wukari, Elder Manu Ishaku Adda Ali, among others.