Nigeria Governors’ Forum has set up an Economic and Security Intervention Committee for Northern States.
In a communiqué after their meeting in Abuja on Thursday, the governors directed the committee to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan over the security in the North.
In the communiqué signed by its Chairman, Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, the NGF also called for the recruitment, intensive training, equipping and proper deployment of security agents across the country.
Members of the committee are Amaechi, Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Theodore Orji (Abia), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Muritala Nyako (Adamawa) and Abdulazizi Yari (Zamfara).
The forum stated that the meeting with the President was aimed at boosting agriculture and other economic regeneration programmes for employment generation in the North.
On the security situation in the country, the forum called on government “to urgently commence the recruitment, intensive training, equipping and proper deployment of security agents across the country”.
The NGF also resolved to constitute an economic and security intervention committee with the set target of employment generation for the North.
It also deliberated on the recurring insecurity in the country and sympathided with the Government and people of Plateau State on the recent loss of lives and property.
The NGF called on the Customs and Immigration Services to tighten security at the borders.
The governors condemned the Federal Government’s the deduction from the Federation Account for the payment of oil subsidy.
According to them, such deductions are against the principle of fiscal federalism.
They resolved to seek redress in court over the deductions, which they described “unconstitutional”.
The meeting, which was presided over by Amaechi, was attended by 20 governors. Five governors were represented by their deputies.