Insecurity: Nigerian Governors hold virtual meeting tomorrow

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Hours after President Muhammadu Buhari asked his security council to initiate fresh strategies aimed at ending the insecurity plaguing the country; the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) says it has concluded plans to hold its 14th Teleconference with major focus on security.

In a statement signed by the Head, Media and Public Affairs of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the governors said their online meeting will take place on Wednesday.

“The rapidly degenerating security situation in the country will feature very prominently when governors meet tomorrow for their 14th NGF Teleconference meeting, according to the invitation sent out to governors by the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru.

“Not unexpectedly, in line with the security and policing swamp that the country has found itself, the attack on Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum will be tabled for discussion just as the state governors will also preview a webinar which comes up on the 11 of August, driven through a partnership of the Nigeria Governors Forum and the Centre for Value in Leadership, CVL, led by Professor Pat Utomi,” the statement noted.

He further explained that one of such online meetings took place last month where the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo- x-rayed Insecurity and the challenges of Governance and Leadership in the New Normal, as it affects his state.

Other issues that will be discussed in the meeting billed to commence at 2pm include the flag-off and launch of the distribution of palliatives by the Coalition Against COVID19, CACOVID, (populated by the likes of Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Access Bank along with other well-meaning philanthropists) in the states.

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Also on the agenda will be the thorny issue of yet-to-be-accessed funds at UBEC as well as a review of the resumption of schools and its roll-out plan.

Other issues affecting the economic well-being of states will also be discussed.

On the COVID-19 pandemic response, the forum is to receive briefings from the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa Committee of the NGF which interfaces with the Presidential Task Force on the Pandemic will brief the governors on progress so far before the governors discuss the economy.

“Under this item, progress on the States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability program SFTAS will be thrashed. There will also be updates on the restructuring of states’ loans,” Bello-Barkindo added.

 

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