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 Govs back Buhari on measures to take Nigeria out of recession

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PostSubject: Govs back Buhari on measures to take Nigeria out of recession   2016-09-17, 10:34

In a unanimous decision, Nigeria’s governors on Friday backed measures being adopted by President Muhammadu Buhari to bail the economy out of recession and give Nigerians a new lease of life. The governor’s decision came a day after a crucial retreat for ministers and top government officials steering the economy and a number of suggestions coming out of the parley. That was part of resolutions reached at Extraordinary meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) held at the old Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja. Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, NGF Chairman and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari said: “Also the governors resolved with a commitment to encourage the Federal government to continue along the line to bring the country out of recession.” On the issue of insurgents, he said that members resolved that it must be treated as a matter of national emergency According to him, the forum also agreed to activate the states task force on polio or the primary health care, which is to be led by the deputy governors. The governors, he said, also expressed their commitment to paying their counterpart funding towards polio eradication. He said that the governors are going to engage the Minister of Health in order to give urgent attention to the eradication of Lassa Fever in the country. In the meantime, President Buhari is expected to take his drive to win investors for the trouble Nigerian economy to the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly beginning on Monday. A statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari would leave for New York at the weekend and would deliver Nigeria’s statement at the opening of the debate with the theme: “The Sustainable Development Goals: a Universal Push to Transform our World.” He will also attend a high-level summit, hosted by the UN, on “Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants’’. The summit, which is the first of its kind organised by the General Assembly at the Heads of State and Government level, is expected to come up with a blueprint for a better international response to enhance protection of migrants and refugees. While in New York for the annual gathering of world leaders, President Buhari will attend series of meetings as well as side events, which are of significant interest to Nigeria. He will deliver a keynote address on “Taking Climate Action Towards Sustainable Development in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.” Leaders of member countries of the Lake Chad Basin will attend this important side event organised by the Nigerian government to highlight the urgent need to mobilise international response to the distressing situation in the Lake Chad Basin, where over nine million people need humanitarian assistance. The President will equally participate in an event hosted by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on “Ending Need in the Lake Chad.’’ On the margins of the 71st UNGA, President Buhari will sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and participate in activities commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of the Right to Development. The Nigerian leader will attend the Clinton Global Initiative as well as the United Nations Private Sector Forum on Business and Global Goals organised by the Secretary General. He will lead discussions at the United States-Africa Business Forum devoted to investing in Nigeria. Before returning to Nigeria, President Buhari will hold bilateral meetings with some world leaders in furtherance of the administration’s commitment in ameliorating the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country. The discussions will also focus on the President’s longstanding commitment to returning peace and security in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria, restoring calm to the Niger Delta and attracting more investments to develop critical infrastructure and revamp the Nigerian economy.

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