The Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Thursday decried the recent attack on some villages in Barkin Ladi Local area of Plateau State which left at least 100 people killed and many others displaced.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’Aziz Yari, made the position of the governors known at a press conference in Abuja, the federal capital .
He said the killings formed the major discussion when members of the forum met for about five hours where they decried the spate of the insecurity in the country.
Governor Yari revealed that the governors sympathised with the victims, people and government of Plateau, as well as other states that have experienced similar incidents.
Read the resolutions to the meeting, he said, “The governors have unanimously called for the prosecution of perpetrators of the attack and resolve to find a quick and common solution to the security crisis in the country.
“The forum resolves to pay a condolence visit to Plateau state to commensurate with the government and people of Plateau State.”
According to Yari, the forum also decided to convene a day meeting with the security chiefs to come up with a “holistic solution to the country’s security situation”.
Governors at the meeting include Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).
Others are Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), among other governors.
State Governors meet to discuss minimum wage, security, stamp duties
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) had earlier on Wednesday night met in Abuja to deliberate on issues bothering on minimum wage, insecurity and other matters of interests for the development of the country.
While the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is proposing a minimum wage of N65,000 for workers, the governors are still insisting on the staggering of the implementation of the new wage, if approved.
Also at the meeting were the Attorneys General of the thirty-six states of the federation as well as the Postmaster General of the Federation, Bisi Adegbuyi.
Their presence was in connection with Stamp Duties which has become a subject of controversy as the states claim that the amount due to them have not been remitted.
Part of the agenda was to discuss the face up between the executive and legislative arms of government. Also on the meeting agenda was discussion on the issue of insecurity, especially the killings in Jos.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) expected to make representation on the actual oil revenue generation and remittance from the corporation, did not come.
The meeting was a precursor to the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting.