The Northern Governors’ Forum has said that it would continue to work closely with President Muhammadu Buhari to create synergy, critical to achieving meaningful development of the region and the country as a whole.
The Chairman of the forum, Gov. Simon Lalong, stated this in the group’s New Year message issued in Jos, Plateau State.Lalong, who is also the governor of Plateau State, called for a collective resolution to build a more united, prosperous and equitable country.
He said: “The year 2020 is full of prospects and opportunities for Nigerians to again work for the upliftment of the country by supporting government at all levels to carry out developmental initiatives that will strengthen the economy and its people.
“All that is required is for all to demonstrate patriotism and genuine commitment to making the desired sacrifices that are needed to build a nation that is self-sufficient and strong enough to provide opportunities for its people to flourish.
”He said insecurity had created many setbacks in the region, saying collaborations with citizens would ensure that holistic measures are taken to end criminal activities in the country.
He added: “The Northern Governors’ Forum remains committed to carrying out robust initiatives toward targeting poverty, illiteracy, diseases, and insecurity that are plaguing many parts of the region and the nation.
“The governors of the northern region will continue to peer review one another and also benchmark targets for regional development plans that will engender peaceful coexistence and people-oriented programmes.”