Northern governors are now determined to restore peace and unity to the North, Plateau State Governor, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong, said in Zaria today.
Lalong, who also doubles as Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, also disclosed that the major focus of discussion at Northern Governors’ meeting billed to hold in Kaduna tomorrow would centre mainly on peace and unity in the region.
The governor was speaking when he visited his Alma Mata, Ahmadu Bello University, where he met with Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala and other principal officers of the University.
Governor Lalong stressed that there should be peace and unity in the North irrespective of the religious differences and ethnic affiliations in order to bring progress and development to the region.
He said that northern leaders should emulate the late Premier of the region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto who always defended the right of the North all his life.
The Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum also explained that Sardauna’s priority was agriculture and that the North’s comparative advantage was still agriculture.
“Today is a very good moment for me to be in Ahmadu Bello University, my Alma Mata; I’m here representing the Northern Governors’ Forum; we can’t be talking on agriculture at our Forum without going to ABU for their input,” he said.
The governor stressed that all hands must be on deck to ensure that Nigeria remained one given its diversity and that all acts that would lead to its disintegration should totally be condemned.
Governor Lalong described Ahmadu Bello University as the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa and commended the Vice-Chancellor and other key stakeholders for sustaining the Sardauna’s legacy.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala, described the visit of the Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum as “auspicious”.
The Vice-Chancellor also told the governor that efforts were now being made to restore the prestige of the University and that all hands must be on deck to ensure its sustainability.
Prof. Bala said that agriculture still remained the strongest point of the University given the strength of its Agric Complex, a model which could not be found anywhere in the world.
The governor was in company of Kaduna State Commissioner for Business Innovation and Technology, Mr. Idris Nyaf, who represented Governor Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufa’i, and Secretary to Plateau State Government, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu.
Members of the Plateau Community in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria led by Dr. Danjuma W. Dodu of Department of Building were also at hand to receive the visiting governor.
Governor Lalong and his entourage were later taken round the National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS) and Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) where he addressed the Management staff of such research institutes. They were also at Institute of Administration and Faculty of Law all in Kongo Campus where the governor met with his former law teachers and staff of the Faculty.
Public Affairs Directorate,
Office of the Vice Chancellor,
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
24th February, 2021