The Northern Senators’ Forum (NSF) has promised to liaise with the Executive arm of government and the leadership of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly to resolve the alleged lopsided distribution of funds in this year’s budget and the relocation of some federal agencies to Lagos.
The forum announced this in a statement yesterday in Abuja, titled: Re: Allocation and Distribution of Funds in 2024 National Budget and Relocation of some Federal Agencies to Lagos, by its spokesman, Senator Suleiman Kawu Sumaila (NNPP Kano North).
The statement reads: “As representatives of the people at the national level (Senate), we are committed to addressing the concerns and feelings of our constituents regarding certain decisions and policies put forth by the Federal Government – lopsidedness in the distribution and allocation of resources in the 2024 budget, relocation of some federal agencies from Abuja to Lagos.
“We understand the importance of fostering a harmonious relationship between the government and its citizens, and it is in this spirit that we are announcing our collective efforts to seek an amicable resolution to these pressing issues, within the confines of our constitution and existing laws.
“First and foremost, let us assure our constituents that we have taken their concerns seriously and are actively engaging with our colleagues in order to address these matters effectively.
“We firmly believe in the power of open dialogue and collaboration to bring about positive change for our nation.
“Throughout our term in office, our primary objective has been to advocate for the well-being and best interests of those we represent. We recognise the significance of our role as a bridge between the people and their government, and it is with great responsibility and dedication that we undertake this task…”
Also, six northern groups yesterday joined the protest against the planned relocation of some departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the headquarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) from Abuja to Lagos.
The groups are: the Arewa Defence League, the Association of Northern Nigerian Students, Arewa Youth for Development and National Unity, Arewa Young Women’s Rights Advocate Council, Northern Youth in Defence of Democracy, and Arewa Radio and Television Commentators.