The former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe has been elected as the National chairman of the Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF)
Among others elected to also paddle the affairs of the Arewa group are the Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Ambassador Shehu Malami; former Minister of State for Power, Murtala Aliyu; National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuele Yahweh; Legal Adviser, Shaibu Shehu and the Financial Secretary, Ibrahim Moriki
The outgoing Secretary General, Elder Anthony Sani who gave the progress report and shortcomings of ACF said, “as you are quite aware the ACF is not only a pressure organization but also an intervention and reconciliatory body.”
According to him, “it is usual practice of the Forum to visit and intercede between feuding communities, even if at reduced frequency as occasioned by the circumstance of the situation such as that of
Benue State and many others.”
The leaders of this Forum have had cause to visit some of the Governors of the 19 Northern States, and indeed, quite recently, it paid courtesy calls on President Muhammadu Buhari, while “ several
expectations of the North were brought up for realistic appreciation that can impel progress”.
Sani however lamented that “as a result of paucity of fund needed for management of the Forum for optimal performance, we have not been able to achieve all we planned for, and as a
result, we had to embark on some austerity measures ostensibly to keep the Forum alive and functional, however minimal.”
“We had to take bitter lines of action by limiting activities to existential ones by reducing the frequency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) and the National Executive
Council (NEC) from monthly to bi-monthly, the number of meetings of Standing and Ad-hock Committees as well as those of sub-Committees”.
Elder Sani also lamented on the refusal by the Corporate Affairs commission (CAC) to register ACF as a corporate entity, pointing out that “It is pertinent for me to inform you that the Forum applied for
registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) which was declined because of some misinformation arising from mistaken identity”.
“The leadership had already responded to
clarify the position of the Forum in that regard and we are still awaiting decision of the relevant authorities.”
Elder Sani further gave reasons for the cancellation of ACF 20th Anniversary, stressing that “resurgence of kidnappings and killings in some parts of the
North, and in Kaduna State in particular as well as the global outbreak of Corona Virus, impinged the leadership to keep the event on hold till further notice.”