by Stanley Azuakola
For a few weeks, the noise over the crisis in the NGF subsided as the events in the Rivers assembly overshadowed it. But silence is not resolution, and the divisions have not gone away.
The governor of Plateau state, who continues to lay claim to the position of NGF chairman has summoned a meeting of the 36 states governors. The meeting has been scheduled for this Sunday.
The agenda for the Jang meeting is the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), as well as the current constitutional amendment process, especially as regards local government autonomy.
According to reports, part of the highlight of the meeting would be a briefing by Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue, who heads the Federal Government negotiating team with ASUU and belongs to the Jang faction. He is expected to brief his colleagues on progress made so far in trying to convince ASUU to call off the strike embarked by university teachers.
The other matter is how to harmonise the position of the governors on local government autonomy, especially as there seems to be a disconnect between the positions of the Senate which voted against the local government autonomy and the House of Representatives which voted for the council autonomy. The National Assembly is expected any moment from now to set up a conference committee for the harmonisation of the positions of the both arms of the National Assembly.
The meeting is expected to hold Sunday August 10 at No. 2 Nana Close, off Erie Street, Off Nile Street in Maitama Abuja.