Timipre Sylva, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Oliver Stolpe, a representative of the UNODC, and the Statistician-General, Dr Yemi Kale are among dignitaries slated to brief 36 state Governors at their 12th teleconference since the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic.

Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, Head, Media and Public Affairs, Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat, who made this known in a statement Tuesday, noted that some of the presentations will the second corruption survey, their policy patterns and trends at the subnational level as analysed by the National Bureau for Statistics and the UNODC at the meeting which will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 8th July 2020, and commences at 2 pm.

To review the trend, a representative of the UNODC Oliver Stolpe and the Statistician General, Dr Yemi Kale will join governors in the teleconference to shed light on the subject.

The implementation of the 5% user’s charge by FERMA will also be presented to the governors by the FERMA boss as two of the three presentations for tomorrow’s meeting.

Before the two above, the National Gas Expansion Program NGEP will be tabled before the governors by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipriye Sylva. The rubric will revolve around “Expanding Domestic Gas Supply & Stimulating Demand in the Country,” soon after the opening remarks by the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr John Kayode Fayemi.

An invitation from the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru to the governors lists the issues to be discussed at the meeting including an update from the Governor of Delta State Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and his committee’s interface with the Presidential Task Force, on Covid19, and its new emphasis on community spread, particularly regarding how best to mitigate the development..

The governors will also discuss the Executive Order 10, 2020 – Financial Autonomy for the Legislature & Judiciary of States among other matters, apart from taking a critical look at the nation’s economic sustainability, post Covid19, giving special attention to the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA); a Compendium of State-Owned Moribund Companies & Commercial Entities; the Infrastructure Refund to the remaining Five (5) States – RV; BY; CRS; ON; OS which is still ongoing.

Governors are expected to start joining the meeting from 1 pm as it starts at 2 pm.


By Chidi Ugwu,

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