Governors of the 19 northern states have agreed to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the security challenges in the region.

The chairman of the forum and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, disclosed this when the governors met in Kaduna state.

At the meeting which is the first this year, the governors agreed to set up a joint financial institution that will galvanize rapid socio-economic development of the region and enable it attain some degree of financial independence.

Governor Shettima in his address, said the northern governors will soon meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in order to exchange ideas on how best to tackle the various security challenges that are ravaging the region. The northern region has faced tremendous security and other socio-economic challenges in the past years which include Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, incessant kidnapping and rural armed banditry in the north west, herders/farmers clashes and communal clashes in the north central as well as high poverty and illiteracy level.