By Femi Adi
To halt further impoverishment of Northerners caused by rising cases of insecurity, Speakers of the state’s Houses of Assembly have been tasked to put on their thinking caps.
According to a statement signed by his SA Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, Chairman Northern Speakers Forum, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani gave the charge in his welcome remarks at the 2nd Regional Conference Meeting In Kaduna on Monday June 21, 2021.
“Worsening security situation is leading to impoverishment of more of our people through high cost of staple food items, rising due to scarcity resulting from fears of farmers.
“Our farmers are afraid of going to farm over apprehension of being kidnapped or even killed,” he said.
Zailani said that he would have been most delighted to welcome the Speakers of the Houses of Assembly of the 19 Northern States, but recent happenings have diminished his joy.
“So I would simply welcome you to Kaduna for this important meeting,” he said.
The forum’s chairman, who is the Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly lamented that the present situation of things in their region and NIgeria as it pertains insecurity is worrisome.
“Our educational growth is threatened by frequent attacks and abductions at institutions of learning,” he added.
He therefore, challenged the meeting to come up with workable suggestions that will tackle the twin problems of poverty and insecurity bedeviling to the region.
“This is a serious threat to food security and our mostly agrarian community.
“We must rise to the occasion, put on our thinking caps and proffer realistic solutions,” he charged.