Security tops Jonathan’s meeting with northern governors

Channels Television  
Updated September 14, 2012

President Goodluck Jonathan and governors of the north met last night on security issues. The meeting also had in attendance Vice President Namadi Sambo and some senior aides to the president.

17 governors in the north were present. They include governors Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Idris Wada (Kogi), Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarrawa), Patrick Yakowa (Kaduna), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) and Gabriel Suswam (Benue).

Represented by their deputies were:  Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Muritala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina).

The governors of Taraba and Sokoto states were absent.

The governor of Niger state who spoke to State House correspondents said the agenda was on security, and how to tackle flooding issues in the north.

He said the flooding had drastically affected food production in the North and the meeting deliberated on how to mitigate the disaster.

Aliyu said the meeting also discussed generally on issues of wealth creation, employment generation and measures to  reduce the poverty ratio in the region.

“Generally we discussed a gamut of issues and problems that need to be solved by the Federal, the States, the Local governments and relevant NGOs.

“Poverty and lack of job should not be the foundation for other problems,’’ he said.