Nigeria Governors` Forum has pleaded with Nigerians to show greater
understanding on the present insecurity in the country as steps are being taken
to address the situation.
The forum, which consists of the 36 elected governors, made the plea at its
meeting which ended in the early hours of Thursday in Abuja.
The plea was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and
read by the Chairman Governor Chibuike Amechi of Rivers.
He said the forum would hold a brainstorming session in June with a view to
addressing the country`s security challenges, which according to him, `` had
become a national embarrassment’’.
The communiqué stated that the governors had meanwhile; `` resolved to channel
more resources towards the empowerment of youths, women and the vulnerable in
It added that the governors had also resolved to create enabling environment
for economic development as part of efforts to mitigate the lingering security
challenges in the country.
The forum expressed concern at the low level of commitment in polio eradication
and promised to hold council chairmen and relevant stakeholders accountable.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum at its April 23 meeting
renewed its commitment to eradicating Wild Polio Virus in parts of the
It also reiterated the earlier decision that deputy governors should take
charge of the state task force on polio eradication while state governors`
wives should assist in the day-to-day interventions in the fight against the
disease where necessary.
Reporter: May 10, 2012)