Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State
By Chuks Okocha
Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State Thursday replied critics calling on him to resign from office because of his inability to contain the security challenges in the state, saying, “I won’t resign.”
Yakowa, said this when his colleagues in the governors’ forum, in an apparent reference to the plane crash involving the Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, called for a holistic approach to reform the aviation sector in order to save it from collapse.
Yakowa told journalists that it would be absurd for anyone to call on him to resign due to the persistent security challenges from the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
According to him, “There is absolutely no need for me to resign. We are working closely with the security agencies and the Federal Government. This sporadic incidence, there is no part of the world that there is no security problems.
“Let us be very frank with ourselves, so for somebody to look at and ask, will you resign? There is absolutely no reason for me to resign.”
At the end of the meeting, the governors, under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said there was the need to adopt a holistic approach to arrest the dwindling state of the country’s aviation sector.
The position of the governors on the collapsing state of the aviation sector was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in the early hours of Thursday in Abuja.
According to the communiqué read by the forum’s chairman, Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, “Upon comprehensive discussion on the present state of the aviation industry, members of the forum observed that there is a need for a holistic approach to arrest the dwindling state of the aviation sector.”
The governors also expressed concern over the aircraft accident involving Suntai and some of his aides last week and prayed for his speedy recovery.
Suntai, who piloted the aircraft is presently receiving treatment in Germany.
The governors also reacted to the recent violence in Borno State and the bombing incidence in Kaduna State and mandated its security committee to find a lasting solution to the menace.
The forum commended the on-going efforts of members to eradicated polio from in states. It expressed its commitment to pursue integrated interventions to eradicate the polio scourge from the country by December 2013, instead of the initial 2015 deadline.
The governors also congratulated Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State over his victory at the just concluded state governorship election.
Governors of Rivers, Cross River, Ekiti, Ondo, Anambra, Kogi, Gombe, Adamawa, Kebbi, Taraba, Enugu, Jigawa, Delta, Edo, Abia, Ogun, Lagos and Imo States attended the meeting.
Others were the governors of Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Plateau, Niger, Anambra, Borno, Akwa-Ibom and Benue States.