Nigeria Governors to meet over Covid-19 second wave


Alarmed by the intensity of the second wave of the Covid19 pandemic, and Nigeria’s tardy commencement of inoculation that is sweeping through countries globally, the 36 governors of the federation may finally come up with a definitive pronouncement.

The Governors, under the aegis of Nigeria Governors’ Forum will be meeting on Wednesday January 20 to find the way forward for the country.

According to a statement issued on Monday by Head of Media and Publicity of the Forum, Abdulrazaq Bello-Barkindo, the meeting which will be the first in year 2021, will, as usual, be virtual, in conformity with the Covid19 protocols. It is the 23rd of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Teleconference.

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The Governors’ PTF Committee, headed by Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, which is charged with the responsibility of liaising between the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid19 and the Governors’ Forum, will brief the Forum on plans for the vaccines and the way forward.

Governor Okowa is also expected to give a panoramic view of the second wave of the pandemic.

ALGON and FAAC deductions, external debts reconciliation (2002-2018), Stamp Duty collections in respect of the governors’ letter to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), and another response to the Ministry of Water Resources regarding the lingering Water Resources Bill among others are part of the Agenda at the meeting.

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All disbursements of funds to states on the three tranches of PAYE will also be tabled.Governors will also be updated on the States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability program for results (SFTAS) for the preceding year, 2020.

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