18 November 2012

Nigeria: Northern Governors' Position on PIB Underway - Kwankwaso

Governors of the 19 Northern States will soon meet to discuss and come up with a position on the proposed Petroleum Industrial Bill [PIB] which is before the National Assembly for consideration, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has said.

Kwankwaso spoke yesterday at the commissioning of the first Serbian General Consulate office in Kano, where Farouk Adamu Aliyu was made Honorary Consul General by the Republic of Serbia.

He said northern state governors will deliberate on the proposed bill to know how it will benefit the region. "We will soon come together on a round table to make our stand known on the PIB and very many other sundry matters", he said.

He explained that as a former member of NDDC, a former member of the House of Representatives and a former minister of defence, his vast knowledge on what was shared among the oil producing states was staggering and does not require any additional money or advantage to the affected states.

He said in this context many other states specifically from the South-South are today ahead of northern states in terms of incomes from the federation account, 'and this in earnest means that some are getting richer while others are getting poorer by the day and their people wallowing in devastating poverty'.

Kwankwaso said, 'We in the North are keenly watching and we will not allow our region to be plunge into yet another uncertain future. We will do all we could to make sure that there is equity and sense of belonging to every citizen'.

While commenting on the opening of the Serbian Consulate office in Kano, the governor explained that they will use the office to make sure that his state and the entire country benefit immensely from it.

He described the new honorary Consular General, Alhaji Faruk Adamu Aliyu as a man of honour and integrity, a reason he said was why the government of Serbia deem it fit to appoint him as their representative in the state.

Meanwhile, former Heads of State General Muhammad Buhari and General Abdusalami Abubakar, have commended the appointment of Farouk Adamu Aliyu describing it as deserving because of his immense leadership qualities and good conduct.

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