To effectively and efficiently address the security challenges of the Northern region, the join meeting of the Northern Governors Forum and the Traditional Ruler's Council has called for the establishment of state police.

This is contained in a statement by Dr. Makut Simon Macham, Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum.

Reading the communique after the meeting held at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong said the meeting reviewed the security situation in the North and other matters relating to its development and resolved to support the amendments of the Constitution to accommodate the establishment of State police.

"The Northern Governors Forum on Monday, 12th September 2022 met with the Northern Traditional Rulers Council in Abuja and came out with a resolution calling for the establishment of State police to tackle security challenges in the region and the nation at large".

The statement said, the Forum also reiterated its commitment to the development of solar energy in view of the comparative advantage of abundant sunshine in the region.

"Accordingly, it was unanimously resolved that 2000 megawatts of solar power be harvested across the 19 States and FCT with a view to harnessing the huge potential of power from solar".

The joint meeting also noted with regret the ongoing ASUU strike which it believes was more punitive in the region as most of the students in the North are attending public universities. 

It therefore called on ASUU to cooperate with the Federal Government in resolving the dispute.

The Northern Governors also engaged officials of the World Bank to discuss the level of implementation of the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) and Nigeria for Women Project which are being implemented in five Northern States. 

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