Northern governors unveil plan for solar energy, state police

Governor Simon Lalong, chairs the meeting of Northern Governors Forum

Governor Simon Lalong, chairs the meeting of Northern Governors Forum

The Northern Governors Forum said it will develop solar energy in the region, following its comparative advantage of sunlight.

The forum unanimously resolved that 2000 megawatts of solar power would be harvested across its 19 States and the Federal Capital Territory, to harness its huge potential of power from solar.

The chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau, Mr Simon Lalong on Tuesday, said the resolutions were reached at a joint meeting with the Northern Traditional Rulers Council.

In a communique at end of the meeting, Lalong said the forum and traditional rulers reviewed the security challenges in the north and called for the establishment of a State Police.

They noted that the action would tackle its challenges and for the nation at large.

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In view of that, it resolved to support the amendment of the Constitution to accommodate the establishment of state police, which Lalong noted would effectively address the security challenges of the region.

The joint meeting also noted with regret the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike and called on the union to cooperate with the Federal Government in resolving the dispute.

The northern governors also engaged officials of the World Bank to discuss the level of implementation of the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment and Nigeria for Women Project, which were being implemented in five northern states.

The chairman said the joint meeting also deliberated on other matters relating to the region`s development.

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