July 30, 2011

FG appoints Committee to dialogue with Boko Haram

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)  Senator Anyim Pius Anyim yesterday in Abuja inaugurated an eight man- Committee to look into the Security challenges in the North-Eastern part of the country.

The Committee is  to be headed by Amb. Usman Gaji Galtimari. Other members of the Committee are  Senator Mohammed Ndume, Mr Joe Kyari Gadzama (SAN), Col. Musa Shehu and Senator Bala Mohammed, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

Others are the Minister of  Defence,  Dr. Bello Mohammed, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Barrister Emeka Wogu and Abdullahi B. Shehu of the Office of the SGF who would serve as Secretary.

The Committee’s terms of reference are: to review all the issues of security challenges in the zone and proffer solutions / recommendations which would bring a speedy resolution of the crisis; to serve as a liaison between the Federal Government ( and  state government where necessary ) and Boko Haram and to initiate negotiations with the sect; to liaise with the  National Security Adviser to ensure that the security services discharge their respective assignments with professionalism; to consult with stakeholders from time to time for suggestions and to ascertain the true state of affairs and to consider any other  initiatives that will serve to engender enduring peace and security in the area.

The Committee is expected to submit its final report to the Federal Government on August 16, 2011.