Governors of the 36 states of the Federation held the 17th Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, teleconference on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
The Director-General of the NGF, Mr. Asishana Bayo Okauru, sent out invitations to Governors late Monday stating that the deteriorating state of the economy, especially at the subnational levels will be the main focus of the meeting.
In a statement signed by the Head, Media and Public Affairs of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, in Abuja, on Tuesday, the governors were to rub minds with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council, represented by its chairman, Bismark Rewane to x-ray the management of state economies, their challenges, opportunities and policy solutions.
The statement read in part, “Rewane had chaired the committee when it resolved the gridlock on minimum wage between states and their workers about a year ago. He will be making one of the two presentations scheduled for tomorrow’s meeting.
“The subnational economy will again feature prominently as it will come up again when the governors discuss their participation in a summit organized by the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, NESG, which is due to take place, a month from now, precisely on the 26th and 27th of October 2020”.
Participants at the NGF meeting could access the virtual conference room from 1:00 pm but the meeting officially started at 2:00 pm.
At the meeting, the governors received several other updates about partnerships with donor agencies and partners. One of the updates was that of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led Committee, mandated to interface with the Presidential Task Force on the pandemic.
The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who is the Vice Chairman of the NGF also gave an update on discussions on Executive Order 10, while the governors discussed the security situation in the country giving special attention to the situation in Zamfara State.