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Nigeria Governors Forum Meets on Corruption Survey

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Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) will meet on Wednesday to review its second corruption survey, policy patterns and trends at the sub-national level as shown by the National Bureau for Statistics (NBS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

A statement by Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, Head, Media and Public Affairs, NGF Secretariat on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the review would be done at the 12th teleconference of the 36 states governors scheduled for Wednesday, July 8.

He said a representative of UNODC, Oliver Stolpe and the Statistician General, Dr Yemi Kale would join the governors in the teleconference for the review, adding that Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) boss, Nuruddeen Rafindadi, would also make presentation to the governors at the meeting on the implementation of the five per cent user’s charge by the agency.

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“Before the two above, the National Gas Expansion Programme (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 and Stimulating Demand in the Country,” after the opening remarks by the forum’s Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi.”

Bello-Barkindo said the invitation from the NGF Director-General, Mr Asishana Okauru, to the governors also has other issues on the agenda to be discussed. These, according to him, included an update from the governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and his committee’s interface with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, as well as its new emphasis on mitigating community spread.

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“The governors will also discuss the Executive Order 10, 2020 – Financial Autonomy for the Legislature and Judiciary of States,” he said, adding, “the governors would also be taking a critical look at the nation’s economic sustainability, post COVID-19, giving special attention to the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

Bello-Barkindo disclosed that the governors would also take a compendium of state-owned moribund companies and commercial entities; the infrastructure refunds to the remaining five states of Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Ondo and Osun, which was still ongoing.

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