Governors meet today, to review internal security, defunct SARS, looting

THE 36 state governors under the aegis of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) will during the 21st teleconference scheduled for today review the internal security situation in the country and the status of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), whose activities in some parts of the country led to the recent nationwide demonstrations.

The meeting, according to a statement issued by NGF’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, would also have an overview from different quarters arising from the CACOVID-19 palliatives flag-offs cum distribution and the subsequent looting of various warehouses throughout the country, which resulted from the demonstrations.

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“These two items form the fulcrum of the invitation to governors to join the 21st NGF teleconference which is scheduled for Wednesday, according to the Director-General of the NGF, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru. “Chairman of the Forum and governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, will remark on the contemporary issues affecting the country since the last (20th NGF teleconference) meeting.

“In this regard, the Ekiti State governor will be addressing his colleagues on several issues, including feedback from the Villa on the UBEC counterpart funding as schools are beginning to reopen nationwide and the 50th anniversary of AREWA, which took place in Kaduna at the weekend, with the chairman and a host of northern governors in attendance.

“Also on the agenda for discussion are the HORASIS meeting with the president, a partnership between the NGF and HORASIS, management consultants’ consortium, to set up a strong foreign direct investment initiative for the country, a webinar on privatisation to be jointly driven by the NSE, NGF and the NIPC, among others. “Only one presentation is on the schedule for today’s meeting. It is the Digital Curriculum Initiative for Basic and secondary Education ingeniously tagged the e-Gamma solutions Limited.

“Before the floor is open for any other business, the regular updates on the SFTAS programme and the Ifeanyi Okowa Committee which liaises between the PTF on COVID-19 and the NGF will both provide an update.

“Governors are expected, according to the NGF director-general, to join the virtual meeting at 1.00 p.m., as proceedings commence at 2.00 p.m. prompt,” the statement read. 


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