Speakers of the 19 Houses of Assembly in Northern Nigeria wants the Federal Government to accelerate oil exploration in Northern part of the country.
Rising from a three day meeting, the House of Assembly Speakers said despite Federal Government’s positive commitment to resuming oil exploration in the North, necessary action was yet to be taken in either the Chad Basin or some of the states identified with potentials of oil deposits.
In a communiqué, the conference noted the current global financial crisis as it affects the North and the country in general, and urged northern state governments to look inwards by diversifying their economy, with focus on agriculture and tourism, to boost revenue generation.
It expressed concern over recent religious and sectarian crises that had been reoccurring in parts of the North, with a call on individuals and groups not to be allowed to be used by unpatriotic elements.
On the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in some parts of the country, the forum called on affected states to intensify efforts on its control and enlighten people on how to wipe out the menace.
In reference to energy supply, the conference commended efforts made by some states, especially Kwara, in improving their energy supply and appealed to other states to do same.