Governors in the North-East have elected Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, as the pioneer chairman of their forum, for a period of two years..This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the forum’s second meeting, which held in Maiduguri on Saturday.
The communique signed by the Forum’s Chairman and governor of Borno, Zulum, showed that the meeting was attended by governors of Adamawa – Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Gombe – Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya, Borno – Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, Bauchi – Sen. Bala Mohammed, Deputy Governors of Taraba – Engr Haruna Manu and Yobe, Idi Barde Gubana.
The governors also agreed to make Maiduguri headquarters of their forum. They called on the Federal Government to deploy more state of the art military hardware in the armed forces fighting the Boko Haram in the region.
It commended the efforts of the Federal Government in fighting insurgency but urged the armed forces to intensify efforts to secure hard-to-reach areas in the region and ensure safe access to farmlands.