Governors Forum re-affirms commitment to Nigeria’s unity

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari addressing newsmen.

The Nigerian Governors Forum has again confirmed its commitment to the unity and invisibility of the country.

The Forum made its stand known at the end of its meeting at the Presidential villa, Abuja.

The affirmation by the Governors was necessitated by recent agitations for the sovereign state of Biafra by a section of the country and the quit notice issued by a group in the North to people from the South-East to relocate by October 1.

Briefing Journalists at the end of the Forum’s meeting, which ended in the early hours on Thursday, Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari said Nigeria’s unity cannot be sacrificed for any reason.

He said the forum disowned those calling for division and condemned the activities of such people and pledged more collaboration with the Nigerian government to find a lasting solution to the problem. .

“The forum strongly condemned and disowned both the Coalition of Nigerian Youths, Group and actions of the Pro-Biafran Youth and we re-affirm our total commitment to the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria as one nation, with common destiny. Members also exonerated the Governors in the South-East and those in the North from blame of the activities of the youths in the regions and pledged to work with the Nigerian government to address the situation,” he said.

Minimum wage
After receiving briefings form the Minister of Labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, Yari said six Governors were nominated, representing the six Geo-Political zones, to serve on the National Minimum Wage Committee.

“The Forum was briefed by the Minister of labour and Employment on the review of the new minimum wage bill, members pledged to work with the government and nominated six Governors, the Governors of Imo, Rivers State, Osun, Plateau, Gombe and Kebbi States. They are to liaise with the Nigerian government and the Nigeria Labour Congress on the new minimum wage,” Yari explained.

The Forum commiserated with the family, government and people of Taraba State, over the demise of the former Governor of the State, Danbaba Suntai, who died on Wednesday.

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