We Must Continue to Fight Insecurity, Illiteracy to Accelerate Development–Says Gov Bello

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Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has said Northern Leaders will not relent in their effort to fight insecurity and illiteracy in other To fast track development in the region.

The governor made the statement while answering questions from newsmen after the meeting of Northern States Governors’ Forum in Kaduna State on Friday.

He said no Development can take place where there was insecurity, noting that the alarming spate of kidnapping, armed robbery and banditry in some parts of Nigeria particularly the Northern region required collective efforts of the leaders in the region to overcome for development to take place.

The 19 Northern States Governors met and deliberated on the prevailing and disturbing insecurity in the north, the high rate in the number of out-of-school children, agriculture and industrilisation.

The forum appointed a committee headed by Gov Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state to study the current structure as well as, mission and vision of the New Nigeria Development Company Limited (NNDC).

The committee would evolve a roadmap on how best to resuscitate and re-invigorate the company towards the realisation of its pre-set goals and objectives.

The forum also resolved that the current management of the company which had been operating in acting capacity should remain until the appointment of substantive Executive management.

Similarly, due process to be followed in respect to the new Northern Nigerian Newspapers Company Limited.

The forum also directed New Capital Properties, a subsidiary under NNDC to continue with the disposal of NNNC properties with a view to settling other outstanding liabilities of the company and transforming it into a new media outfit.

The forum elected the Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency, Barr. Simon Lalong as the New Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum with effect from 29th May 2019.

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