Simon Lalong Emerges Chairman of Northern Governors Forum

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SWITZERLAND, MAY 17 – Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has emerged the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum(NGF) after being elected by his colleagues during the meeting of the NGF in Kaduna on Friday.

At the meeting which is the forum’s first of the year, the governors also agreed to set up a joint financial institution that will galvanize rapid socio-economic development within the region and enable it attain some degree of financial independence.

The governors also resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the security challenges in the region.

The meeting of the northern governors which later went into closed door, is expected to receive briefing on the security situation across states as well as submissions from officials of the northern Nigerian development company on the successes made in the areas of oil exploration in the lake chad basin, as well as reviving the collapsed Kaduna textile factory owned by the 19 northern states.

Lalong’s tenure as the NGF chairman is for four years.

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