By Palang Kasmi
The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has congratulated Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, over his appointment as the new Chief of Staff by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The NGF Chairman Simon Bako Lalong, who is the Governor of Plateau State also described the appointment of Gambari as well deserved and timely.
Lalong said in a press statement , “We are delighted with this opportunity that Mr. President has given Prof. Gambari to serve the nation and we view the appointment of the accomplished diplomat and administrator as most deserving and timely”.
According to the NGF Chairman, The Professor comes into the job with huge experience and knowledge on governance and service which is a prerequisite for the high esteemed job.
”As Northern Governors, we assure you of our support and prayers as you take on this very important role, and we believe you bulk of experience will make you perform well”.
The NGF also commended the President for his choice of Gambari as his new Chief of Staff, saying his vast knowledge in administration both at home and abroad will assist the President in delivering on his campaign promises to Nigerians.
THE NIGERIA STANDARD NEWSPAPERS reports that President Buhari had lost his former chief of staff, Abba Kyari on 17 April 2020 to COVID-19 at the age of 67, a situation that warranted the new appointment.
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The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has commended efforts of the Federal Government (FG) towards resuscitating the Ajaokuta Steel Company.
This commendation according to the NGF’s Chairman, Gov. Simon Bako Lalong in a press statement released on Tuesday, was necessary following the recent inauguration of the Ajaokuta Presidential Project Inauguration Team (APPIT), to revamp the steel company.
The recent inauguration of APPIT to resuscitate the steel company was conducted by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
In the statement, the NGF Chairman commended President Buhari for remaining focused in fulfilling his desire to see that the complex, which has been moribund for about four decades, comes to life.
Lalong said, “We note with great delight the unwavering resolve of Mr. President to see that this complex which has been comatose for decades becomes productive to help in the industrialization of the country and boosting manufacturing”.
“When realised, this dream will not only create jobs, but also assist the nation to add value to its raw materials for domestic use and export”, the NGF Chairman said.
According to him, despite the fight against COVID-19, President Buhari remained committed to the realization of the aspirations of Nigerians to see that this national project is finally completed, and put to use for the development of the nation.
Lalong assured the President of the full cooperation of the NGF in seeing to the actualization of this national priority, which has defied previous attempts.
The APPIT is part of the implementation of the agreement reached between President Buhari and his Russian counterpart President Vladimir Putin during the Russia-Africa Summit last year in Sochi, where they agreed on the resuscitation of the Ajaokuta Steel Plant through a Government-to-Government agreement with funding from the Afreximbank and the Russian Export Centre.