By Olufemilade Oyinade
The nation’s 36 Governors have scheduled a meeting for Wednesday to deliberate on series of burning national issues.
According to a statement on Monday by spokesman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the meeting would examine the state of the nation, ongoing nationwide strike by legislative and Judiciary workers and planned sale of public assets, among others.
He said the virtual meeting, which would be the 30th teleconference of the forum and the seventh this year, has been scheduled to commence by 2pm with members encouraged to start logging-in from 1pm.
Bello-Barkindo said the meeting would “address matters arising from a variety of challenges such as the ongoing conversation over the contentious Executive Order 10, the third wave of COVID-19, an update of the States, Fiscal Transparency, Accountability (SFTAS) report, among other things.”
He added: “The meeting will cover lessons for States and Actions for Governors on Sustainability as well as the adoption of SaaS E-procurement.
“The Governors’ PTF Committee, headed by Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, which is charged with the responsibility of liaising between the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid19 and the Governors’ Forum would brief the Forum on health matters arising from the coming of the third wave of COVID-19.
Furthermore, there would be a presentation from the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Sabo Nanono about the 2nd Phase of Farmers’ Enumeration.
The statement added that the Director-General, Bureau for Public Enterprises, Mr. Alexander Ayoola Okoh would speak on Unlocking Liquidity through Sale/Optimization of State-owned Redundant/Sub-Optimal Assets while he Director-General of the NGF, Mr Asishana B Okauru would give feedback on the series of Executive Order 10 meetings with the Minister of Labour and Employment: Dr Chris Ngige about the ongoing industrial action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria.