* Accept to win or lose gallantly
By Henry Umoru
ABUJA – GOVERNORS of the thirty-six states of the country under the aegis, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF rose from a meeting in the early hours of today and express worry over the spate of electoral violence across the country ahead of next month’s elections.
They however reiterated their commitments to free and fair elections, their willingness to win or lose gallantly in the polls and to ensure that the elections will be violent free.
The governors also resolved to liaise with members of the National Assembly on the proposed income tax bill.
Reading a Communiqué at the end of the meeting held at the Kwara State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki said as part of this, the state governors will put in place a Federal liaison unit that would liaise with the National Assembly on issues that will impact on state policies.
The governor of Anambra State and Vice Chairman of the Governors’ forum is saddled with the responsibility of meeting with the National Assembly on the proposed personal income tax bill with a view to looking at how it will not affect the states.
‘’The Forum ratified the holding of an induction programme for new and re-elected governors scheduled for May 17-19, 2011 designed to bench mark against international best practices and the programme will focus on people, processes, programmes and public opinion as the four most important tools that a Governor needs to achieve the full potential of his mandate.’’