Nigeria Governors’ Forum which consists of the 36 states of the federation currently meeting at the Presidential Villa Abuja.
The state of the nation’s economy, security challenges and Paris Club Debt Refund controversies will dominate discussions today.
It started around 3:30pm and has most of the State Governors in attendance.
The meeting will also deliberate on key health policies in the country, following which they will later meet with the President, Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on their deliberations.
According to a statement by the spokesman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Abdulraque Bello Barkindo, this formed the basis for the decision by the governors to meet physically instead of meeting virtually the way they have been doing since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barkindo stated: “This will be the first time in the year contrary to media reports that Governors had collectively advised the president on weeding out fifty-year-olds from the federal civil service and other spurious suggestions meant to impose further hardship on the people that governors will collectively meet to consider a total overhaul of the nation’s economy.
“The meeting which, according to the invitation issued by the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, will commence at 2 pm, begins with the launch of the Primary Health Care Leadership Challenge Fund, followed by the launch of the World Bank SFTAS charter before the real conversation on the state of the economy begins.
“There will also be such regular updates as the CARES program and the Chairman’s remarks,” he added.