The Northern Governors’ Forum and traditional rulers from the region are currently holding an emergency meeting in Kaduna State to discuss issues relating to the Value Added Tax (VAT), insecurity as well as economic problems confronting the region.
The meeting, which is taking place at the Executive Council Chamber of the Kaduna State Government House, is chaired by the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong.
Those in attendance include the governors of Katsina, Sokoto, Kaduna, Borno, Nasarawa, Jigawa and Gombe meanwhile the governors of Niger, Kogi, Benue, Niger, Zamfara and Taraba states are represented by their deputies.
The traditional leaders present are the Sultan of Sokoto and the Chairman of Northern Traditional Rulers Council, Abubakar Saad, the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba, Emir of Zazzau, Nuhu Bamali, Estu Nupe, Emir of Kano and other royal fathers.
During his address, the meeting’s host, Governor Nasir El-Rufai stated that the northern region is facing severe economic and security challenges that require the convening of the emergency meeting between the governors and traditional rulers.
He maintained that the forum will help chart a way forward to deal with these issues.