Governors shun Norther Governors’ meeting
Only five of the 19 governors in the North attended the meeting of their Forum in Kaduna on Thursday.This is an indication that there might be a crack in the fold of the governors after the controversial Nigerian Governors’ Forum election in Abuja.
Those in attendance included Niger State Governor and Chairman of the Forum, Dr. Babangia Aliyu, Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, Governor Dankwambo of Gombe State’ and Nasarawa State Governor, Al-makura.
States that were represented by the deputy governors are Kano,Kwara, Kogi, Borno, Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto while other states like Benue, Plateau sent their Secretaries to State Governments.
Katsina, Yobe and Bauchi shunned the meeting as they neither sent representatives nor apologies.
Chairman of the Forum had told newsmen in his opening remarks that governors of Adamawa and Taraba states sent their apologies for their inability to attend the meeting.
Aliyu, who was expected to read his usual speech declaring the meeting open declined and instead asked journalists to await the Forum’s communique at the end of the meeting.
Meanwhile, members of staff of the New Nigerian Newspapers besieged the venue of the governors meeting protesting the non- payment of their 15 months salaries.
They urged the governor not to allow the legacy of the late Premier of the defunct Northern Nigeria, late Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna Sokoto to die.
Acting Chairman of NNN Chapel, Amos Mathew, said they had to embark on the protest to demand for their salaries, noting that all the workers do was “to report to work, sign and leave.”
The New Nigerian Newspaper is owned by the Northern State Government
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