Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has been elected Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum.
The Forum comprises governors of the 19 northern states.
Shettima replaces the outgoing Governor of Niger State, Aliyu Babangida, whose tenure ends this month.
The Kano State governor-elect and current deputy governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, also emerged as the vice chairman of the forum.
This decision was reached at the end of a meeting of the Northern Governors’ Forum held at the Niger State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja o Monday.
The forum also agreed to wade into the crisis in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum by uniting the two factions.
Speaking after the closed door meeting, the Niger State governor said his colleagues were determined to mediate in order to unite governors across party lines for the development of the nation.
Aliyu said, “The goal is to mediate and unite the Nigerian Governors’ Forum that has been fragmented in the past few years”.
He noted that the northern governors resolved among other things, to address the Boko Haram insurgency in the North, tackle the problems of poverty, marginalization and unemployment.
He further disclosed that the forum was also working with the office of the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, to revive some companies in the North.
In his acceptance speech, Shettima assured northerners that under his leadership, the governors would present a more united front in the war against the Boko Haram sect.
He also promised to work together with his colleagues irrespective of religious, ethnic or political affiliation, to confront the challenges bedeviling the North.
Those who attended the meeting include Governors Ibrahim Dakwambo, Gombe; Bala Ngilari, Adamawa; Muktar Yero, Kaduna; Aliyu Babangida, Niger; Gabriel Suswam, Benue; Ahmed Abdulfatah, Kwara; Shettima, Borno; Abdul’aziz Yari, Zamfara; and Isa Yuguda, Bauchi.
The governors of Kano and Kogi States were represented at the meeting by their deputies, Abdullahi Ganduje and Yomi Awoniyi respectively.
The new leadership is to be inaugurated either in June or July, with all former governors of northern extraction expected to be in attendance.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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