Northern governors meet, identify region’s challenges

The Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, has noted with concern that climate change, unsustainable agricultural practices and population growth posed significant challenges to the region.

The Forum, therefore, resolved to adopt a holistic approach that promotes environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture and responsible resource management to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of the people and preserve the national heritage of generations yet unborn.

A communique issued by its chairman and governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya at the end of NSGF meeting in Kaduna on Tuesday said, “The Forum noted that Human Capital Development is critical to the progress and prosperity of the region and expressed concern that the region currently bears the burden of having the highest number of out of School Children in the World.

“The Forum committed itself to invest massively in education and skill development, health care and social services in order to address the menace.”

The forum expressed its sympathy and support to the governments and people of Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Plateau and Zamfara states over the unprecedented security challenges currently affecting the states and resolved to stand in solidarity with them during the difficult times.

The forum, according to the communique, received the report of a committee to review the Report of the Technical Committee on the New Nigeria Development Company and resolved that members should study the report for consideration at the next meeting of the forum.

The forum hailed the President Bola Tinubu-led government for demonstrating total commitment to winning the war against terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other forms of criminality.

It noted with delight the role of New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) on the revitalization of the economy of the region and resolved to invest in critical infrastructure that were capable of unlocking the huge industrial and economic potentials of the North.

The forum received a presentation from Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) and World Bank Team and noted achievements in areas of system strengthening, project management and infrastructure.

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