NGF wants concerted efforts to tackle corruption

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Lagos – The Gov. Rotimi Amaechi-led faction of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum on Friday said that concerted efforts of all stakeholders was necessary to overcome the problem of corruption in the country.

This is contained in the communique issued at the end of the third retreat organised by the group in Lagos.

The communiqué, read by Amaechi, said corruption had a negative effect on national development and had adversely affected human development indices.

“The anti-corruption battle should be anchored on a massive programme of national value re-orientation involving the public and private sectors, as well as the civil society.

“Also, we believe the fight against corruption needs strong political will, moral leadership, certainty of sanction and commitment of governors to succeed, ” the communique read in part.

The forum also urged stakeholders, especially federal and state governments to harmonise their different policies to guarantee agricultural development.

The agricultural policies, the forum stated, should be long-term and geared toward tackling challenges militating against productivity and yields.

“In our task to revamp agriculture, a special focus will be placed on improving post harvest processing plants, stakeholders’ inclusion and participation in agricultural formulation, ” the communique stated.

The forum said it would continue to accord priority to education by improving access, revamping infrastructure and transforming curriculum.

“To enhance security, we reiterate our commitment to pursue cooperation on security management, including sharing of information and placing emphasis on human security needs of our people.’’ the communiqué said

The retreat was attended by six governors and four deputy governors.

Govs. Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Abdul-Azeez Yero (Zamfara), Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto) and Amaechi (Rivers) were present, while Imo, Osun, Ogun and Imo were represented by their deputies.

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