The Northern Senatorsâ€™ Forum and the 19 northern governors would on Monday converge in Katsina for a three-day retreat to deliberate on the agitations for restructuring of the country.
Chairman of the forum, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said in Abuja that the retreat would also focus on how to improve the security situation in the country.
Adamu said that the forum had 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 would enable the senators, as the peoplesâ€™ representatives, to take a common position on restructuring.
â€œNorthern governors will be attending in solidarity and very eminent traditional rulers, including the Sultan of Sokoto, Saâ€™ad Abubakar III, will attend.
â€œEssentially, we will be discussing the impact of budget in the north, the issue of restructuring which is now the main issue in politics.
â€œThe issue of restructuring that the Senate can develop a position on. It is part of preparing ourselves to face that challenge.
â€œThe issue of security will also be discussed,â€ Adamu said.
He pointed out that as representatives of the people, it would be expected that with the retreat, they would be better educated, better placed to consider issues related to the subject-matter.
â€œWe will be better prepared to face the matter and legislate and make laws over them for the good governance of Nigeria.
â€œWe believe we are there to educate ourselves to be better informed, to exchange ideas on the subject matter, because we make laws, we donâ€™t make laws out of ignorance.
â€œWe have to be better informed on anything we are talking about,â€ Adamu said.
He explained that meeting in Katsina was not necessarily because of the economic impact it would have on the city and state or how it would energise Nigeriaâ€™s politics, â€œbut for some sort of our presence will make.â€™â€™
â€œThere hasnâ€™t been this retreat over time. We are trying to bring back the culture.
â€œIt makes us have touch with our bases; people who elected us and feel our pulse, we will relate with them in a better way,â€ he said.