Abuja, Dec. 6, 2017 (TNE) The Northern Senators’ Forum and the 19 Northern governors will converge on Monday on Katsina for a three-day retreat to deliberate on the agitations for restructuring the country.
The Chairman of the forum, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, said in Abuja that the retreat will also focus on how to improve the security situation in the country.
For the same reasons of “agitations for restructuring and other challenges facing the country”, Southern Senators met recently in Calabar.
Adamu said that the Forum has written letters of invitation to the 19 governors, leading traditional rulers, top politicians and ex-senators from the region to make presentations at the retreat.
He said that the gathering will enable the senators, as the peoples’ representatives, to take a common position on restructuring.
“It is expected that very important stakeholders will be attending. Northern governors will be attending in solidarity and very eminent traditional rulers, including the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, will attend.
“Essentially, we will be discussing the impact of budget in the north, the issue of restructuring which is now the main issue in politics.
He pointed out that as representatives of the people, it will be expected that with the retreat, they will be better educated, better placed to consider issues related to the subject matter.
“We will be better prepared to face the matter and legislate and make laws over them for the good governance of Nigeria.
“We believe we are there to educate ourselves to be better informed, to exchange ideas on the subject matter, because we make laws, we don’t make laws out of ignorance.
“We have to be better informed on anything we are talking about,” Adamu said.
He explained that the meeting in Katsina is not necessarily because of the economic impact it will have on the city and state or how it will energise Nigeria’s politics, “but for some sort of our presence will make’’.
“There hasn’t been this retreat over time. We are trying to bring back the culture.
“It makes us have touch with our bases; people who elected us and feel our pulse, we will relate with them in a better way,” he said.