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Restructuring: Northern Governors Plan Public Hearings | The Precision

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Tambuwal speaking in Kaduna yesterday Wed. Sept., 13
 
The committee set up by the Northern Governors Forum
and the Northern Traditional Rulers Council to aggregate the views of
Northerners on the restructuring debate will hold public hearings in the
19 states of the region, the committee’s chairman and Governor of
Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said.
Speaking
after the inaugural meeting of the committee in Kaduna, Tambuwal said
members have agreed to hold extensive consultations with stakeholders
and leaders of the thought in member states with a view to coming up
with acceptable position that will reflect the view of the entire North.
“We
have reaffirmed our commitment to ensuring Nigeria remains a trong,
united country. We have also decided to present the case of the North as
a single entity desirous of a prosperous country.
“Today’s
meeting agreed on the need to hold town hall meetings in all the 19
states to hear the views of our people on the restructuring debate
currently going on in the country. 
“We are not
limiting the area of discussion because it is better to put all
questions on the table and have it discussed. We will discuss on
federalism, fiscal federalism, state police, revenue structure and any
other issue of interest.
“We have also decided
to analyse previous documents and position papers that proffered viable
options to Northern development. A technical committee will study these
documents, talk to the authors and present the report to us at our next
meeting on October 24 here in Kaduna.
“We
will key into the opportunity provided by the ongoing amendment of the
1999 constitution by the National assembly to see how our position can
be reflected in the larger scheme of things,” he added.
Also speaking, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II said all stakeholders will make inputs before the final report is presented .
Those
at the meeting include Governor of Nassarawa, Umar Tanko Al-Makura, his
Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai and deputy governors of Gombe
and Plateau states, Charles Iliya and Soni Tyoden respectively.
Others
in attendance were Sanusi, Etsu Nupe Yahaya Abubakar, Gbong Gwom Jos,
Da Jacob Buba Gyang, Emir of Fika, Muhammadu Abali and Emir of Gummi,
retired Justice Lawal Gummi.

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