Barr. Adebayo Lawal, the acting Governor of Oyo State, on Wednesday attended a crucial meeting of the Nigerian Governor’s forum (NGF), held at the Banquet Hall of Aso Villa, Abuja.
The meeting which was presided over by the Chairman of Gov’s forum in Nigeria, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; deliberated on the launching of Primary Health Care Leadership Challenge.
Also on the agenda of the meeting was the launch of World Bank SFTAS, sustainability charter.
The government from all over the federation attended the meeting while those who could not attend were being represented by their deputies.
Meanwhile, President Buhari was unavoidably absent at the meeting according to reports.
The marathon meeting which started at 2pm had in attendance the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and the Minister for Health, Prof. Ehanire.
According to an invitation issued by the Director General of the Forum, Asishana Okauru, on Saturday and sent to all governors, the meeting, the first in 2022, will be an in-person one as opposed to the regular virtual ones.
A statement signed on Tuesday by the Forum’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, indicated that the state of Nigeria’s economy and security will be top-of-agenda at the meeting.
The meeting comes weeks after the governors suggested 33 ideas for the President Muhammadu Buhari, to implement to salvage the nation’s economy.
Barkindo noted that the NGF is concerned about the economic hardship that has bedeviled Nigerians under the regime.
“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 the time of this report, at least 25 governors were in attendance some of whom were presented by their deputies.
They include Governors 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 and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun.
Also in attendance were the Deputy Governors of Kogi, Edward Onoja, Moses Ekpo of Akwa Ibom, Cecilia Ezeilo of Enugu and Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo of Bayelsa.