Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, emerges new NGF chair

Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari,
emerges new NGF chair

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara
state has emerged chairman of the
Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

Gov. Yari emerged at the end of the meeting of the Forum held at the
Lagos/Osun Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The outgoing chairman of the body and Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, read the communique of the meeting to
journalists.

Amaechi said Mr. Yari emerged chairman by consensus and would
serve for a period of one year.

Yari was former deputy
chairman of the Forum.
A new deputy chairman was however not elected at the meeting to replace him.

The Rivers Governor also said after over a year of bickering, the
governors had now “reconciled and
are United as a single umbrella association of the 36 state governors
of Nigeria”.

The Rivers Governor added that induction programme for new and
returning governors would be held in
June 2015.

He said the induction is aimed at equipping new and returning governors with knowledge of global best practices of establishing and
running their offices.

In addition, Mr. Amaechi said the
Forum resolved at the meeting to set
up a Governors’ Forum Academy to be called “The NGF Leadership
Academy” which will be responsible for capacity building of governors
and other officials holding public office.

He said the academy would be overseen by the NGF secretariat.
About 20 governors, including some deputies, attended Monday’s meeting.

Monday’s meeting is the first time the state chief
executives came together as a united body.

The Forum had descended into crisis in May 2013 after the election of officials split the body into two.

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