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Governors gather in Abuja on economy, security worries

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Nigerian state governors are meeting in Abuja on Wednesday to discuss the way out of the economic and security challenges the country is facing.

Under the platform of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), led by Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi. the governors would deliberate on other challenges confronting the country and chart a way out.

According to a statement by NGF’s Head of Media and Public Affairs, Alhaji Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the state of the economy would dominate the conversation at the meeting to be held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The statement read: “The state of the economy ‪will dominate the conversation when the 36 governors meet on Wednesday, 17th August 2022 at the Banquet Hall, of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“Worried by the economic woes that the citizenry have been complaining about and the hardship associated with it, several governors reasoned that it is high time they told each other the bare truth by confronting each other on the situation and brainstorming on it.

“This formed the basis for resorting to an in-person meeting, which since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic been relegated by the states’ executives.

Two things will feature prominently in the conversation – the economy and security.

“This will be the first time in the year, contrary to media reports that governors had collectively advised the President on the weeding of fifty-year-olds from the Federal Civil Service and other spurious suggestions meant to impose further hardship on the people, that governors will collectively meet to consider a total overhaul of the nation’s economy

The meeting which is scheduled to commence at 2 pm, will begin with the launch of the Primary Health Care Leadership Challenge Fund, followed by the launch of the World Bank SFTAS charter before the real conversation on the state of the economy begins.

“There will also be such regular updates as the CARES programme and the Chairman’s remarks. All governors are warmly welcome”.

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