Finance Minister, others to brief govs on state of economy

Three ministers including the Minister of Finance, Budget, and Planning Zainab Ahmed would address the 36 Governors on the platform of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), at the 5th teleconference meeting for 2022.

The economy will dominate the meeting as Ahmed and the World Bank led by its Country Director, Dr. Shubham Chadhuri, and other key stakeholders in the economic sector will make presentations.

According to a statement by the Head Media of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo, the invitation which was issued by the Director General of NGF, Asishana Okauru, said the meeting is scheduled to begin at 2 pm.

He explained that the meeting was earlier scheduled to take place last week Wednesday but due to some political exigencies which resulted in the absence of many APC governors, the meeting had to be postponed till 26th of July.

According to him, this postponement was occasioned by the need for the Finance Minister to consult with Governors on the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTTF) 2023-2025 before presenting her proposals at the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.

Other presentations expected include the state onboarding Process for the Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (L-PRES) Effectiveness by the Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar.

“Governors are also expected to deliberate on and endorse the Primary Healthcare Challenge Fund which will be presented by the officials of NPHCDA and UNICEF. Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire is also expected to make a presentation on the Global Fund.

“All these will be proceeded by the Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s opening remarks which usually sets the tone for the issues of the day.”



From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye,
The Sun

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