Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti now chairman of NGF

The 17th teleconference meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 will focus on the subnational economy.

The 36 governors at the meeting will also rob minds with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council, expected to be represented by its chairman, Bismark Rewane to x-ray the management of state economies, their challenges, opportunities and policy solutions.

Rewane, who chaired the committee when it resolved the gridlock on minimum wage between states and their workers about a year ago, will be making one of the two presentations at the meeting.

The subnational economy will also feature prominently when the governors discuss their participation in a summit being organised by the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) which is expected to take place precisely on October 26 and 27,  2020.

The NGF is partnering with the NESG to organise the Summit, which is more of an NGF-NESG roundtable, as the governors would be featuring in each of the 26 segments of the roundtable and its plenaries.

The two conversations are geared towards preparing the state governors for their post-COVID-19 recovery plans and ensuring that, maximum impact of the reforms is felt by the subnational populace.

These were contained in the invitation sent to Governors by the Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru on Monday night in which he stated that the meeting will start at 2:00pm, adding that Governors are, as usual, allowed access into the virtual conference from 1:00pm.

A statement by the head of media and public affairs of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo said that also to feature in the meeting, are several updates, adding that apart from the regular updates on the SFTAS project, which is usually handled by the NGF SFTAS Program Manager, Lanre Ajogbasile and the Governor Okowa Committee, which is mandated to interface with the Presidential Task Force on the pandemic, the Conclusion of the CACOVID Flag-Off and Distribution of Palliatives will be revisited just as the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) Update will be given.

Bello-Barkindo also said that away from the economy and Covid19, the governors will receive information and discuss the security situation in the country, giving particular attention to Zamfara State. The statement also said that the Vice Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Sokoto State, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, is also expected to give an update on Executive Order #10.

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