By Henry Umoru, ABUJA
WORRIED by the economic woes Nigerians have been complaining about and the hardship associated with it as well as the recurring cases of insecurity, resulting in kidnapping, killings and wanton destruction of property by terrorists across the country, governors of the 36 states of the federation will converge on Abuja today to brainstorm on the issues.
Acting under the aegis of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, the governors will also deliberate on other challenges confronting Nigeria as a nation and come up with ways of addressing the problems.
In a statement, yesterday, in Abuja, Head, Media and Public Affairs of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, noted that the state of the economy would dominate the conversation at the meeting scheduled for 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, August 17, 2022, at the Banquet Hall, of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
“Worried by the economic woes that the citizenry has 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 50-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, according to the invitation issued by the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, will commence at 2 pm, 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.”