NIGERIA GOVERNORS ARE ANGRY,AND PLANNED TO MEET WITH MR PRESIDENT
The 36 State Governors, under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), planned unanimously to meet President Muhammadu Buhari as soon as possible, to address the security challenges which the country is facing.
This has been included in the communiqué released after the 22nd hybrid (NGF) meeting, which was passed by Congress Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, in which they analyzed the recent killing by purported Boko Haram insurgents and other socioeconomic issues of over 43 rice farmers in Borno State.
Also at the meeting, the Governors expressed support for the “necessary reforms that will result in a Police force that works for all.
“As an immediate to medium-term measure, members agreed to pay close attention to the conduct of Police Officers across the country in order to get them and other internal security operatives fully back to work as they have not been functioning to full capacity since the EndSARS protests with the attendant security exposure to the safety of lives and properties of the ordinary citizens.
On the aftermath to the EndSARS protests, the judicial commissions of enquiry instituted by Governors across the 36 States of the federation to probe petitions of brutality by law enforcement agents were in progress.
“Following Mr President’s approval of the request of Governors for change in the financing model of the Universal Basic Education from the current counterpart funding requirement to a Programme for-Result performance-driven model, the NGF Secretariat was following up with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to complete work on drafting the Executive Order to guide Mr President’s directive,” the communique read in part.
After receiving updates on Stamp Duty collections, the Governor’s who noted that position of the law, maintained that stamp duty belongs primarily to the States and the various platforms were collection channels for payment to the States.
After the deliberation on the controversial Water Resources Bill, the Governors directed all the State Attorney Generals to review the Water Resources Bill and send their input to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat as quickly as possible, adding that the NGF Secretariat is tracking feedback from States on the Water Resources in order to coordinate the Forum’s response to the Ministry.
Also at the meeting, the Governor’s currently intervening in resolving the lingering ASUU strike and has secured certain concessions from the Federal Government with the hope that the strike action will be called off shortly.
However, the Governors expressed concern over the delayed release of Saving One Million Lives (SOML) funding, due to observations made by the World Bank on the technical quality of the SMART Survey which makes it difficult to use the result for fund disbursement.By 31 August2020, 36 States are already on track to meet the 2020 SFTAS Eligibility Requirements (EC) by publishing online IPSAS-compliant 2019 audited financial statements.
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