- Nigerian governors are meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja as they seek to proffer solutions to Nigeria's economic challenges
- The Nigerian Governors' Forum spokesperson, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, said security will also be top-of-agenda at the meeting
- The governors present at the meeting include Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Babagana Zulum of Borno, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe
According to The Punch, the governors are meeting over the state of the nation’s economy, insecurity, and healthcare, among other issues.
Legit.ng gathers that the forum's spokesperson, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, had in a statement on Tuesday, August 16, said the state of Nigeria’s economy and security will be top-of-agenda at the meeting.
Barkindo noted that the NGF is concerned about the economic hardship that has bedeviled Nigerians under the regime.
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“Several governors reasoned that it is high time to tell 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,” the statement read.
At least 25 governors were in attendance, some of whom were represented by their deputies.
- Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti
- Babagana Zulum of Borno
- Bala Mohammed of Bauchi
- Godwin Obaseki of Edo
- Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe
- Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa
- Simon Lalong of Plateau
- Dapo Abiodun of Ogun
- Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos
- Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo
- AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara
- Hope Uzodinma of Imo
- Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto
- Dave Umahi of Ebonyi
- Gboyega Oyetola of Osun
Deputy governors in attendance
- Edward Onoja of Kogi
- Adebayo Lawal of Oyo
- Moses Ekpo of Akwa Ibom
- Cecilia Ezeilo of Enugu
- Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo of Bayelsa
Meanwhile, President Buhari was not spotted at the meeting.
Governors ask Buhari to take 33 urgent steps to rescue Nigeria’s economy from total collapse
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the governors advised President Buhari to take some urgent steps to instil fiscal discipline and prevent the nation from economic collapse.
Sources privy to the details added that the governors made the proposal at a meeting with President Buhari in July.
Among others, the governors advised the federal government to offer federal civil servants who are older than 50 years a one-off retirement package to exit the service.