Nigerian governors to take position on petrol subsidy, COVID-19 vaccines

The governors of the 36 states in Nigeria, under the umbrella of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) will meet on Thursday to discuss petrol subsidy, COVID-19 vaccines and other matters.

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The governors’ meeting will hold virtually on Thursday.

The governors of the 36 states in Nigeria, under the umbrella of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) will meet on Thursday to discuss petrol subsidy, COVID-19 vaccines and other matters.

The governors made the disclosure in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the Head of Media and Public Affairs of NGF Secretariat, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo.

The forum’s spokesperson said the emergency meeting would be held virtually.

Mr Bello-Barkindo said that Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State, who is the Chairman of NGF committee on subsidy on petrol, would brief his colleagues before any decisions on the supply or retailing of the product was taken.

He added that various issues revolving around the COVID-19 vaccines roll out would feature prominently in the 28th teleconference meeting.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Chairman NGF Committee said that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 would brief his colleagues on the situation with the vaccines rolled out and their attendant encumbrances.

“On his part, the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, will update his colleagues on the outcome of his meeting with the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State Universities.

“The educationists met the forum’s chairman last week and presented a number of requests which they believed would improve education at the subnational level.”

Mr Bello-Barkindo added that the governors “would also listen to the activities of the Nigeria Governors’ Spouses Forum”.

He said the meeting, which would commence by 2 p.m. would also play host to three external presentations.

He said one of the presentations would be made by the new National Drug Law Enforcement Boss, Buba Marwa, on “Managing the Drug Crisis.”

“The Department for International Development (DFID) will be making a presentation on the NNPC Audit reports and what the states should know.

Mr Bello-Barkindo added that the “last presenter would be speaking on trade facilitation in Nigeria through e-customs and a Public Private Partnership (PPP) structure in partnership with the British High Commission”.

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