Insecurity: Governors to meet Buhari, demand more decisive action

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Governors of the 36 states in Nigeria are expected to meet with the President Muhammadu Buhari soon in a renewed move to address the worsening security challenges across the country.

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) disclosed this in a communiqué after the Forum’s 22nd teleconference meeting Friday, December 4, 2020, in Abuja, FCT.

The state governors, in the communiqué, said that President Buhari would particularly speak in the light of the recent attack on farmers at Zabarmari, in Borno State.

Boko Haram terrorists had massacred at least 67 rice farmers Saturday, November 28, 2020, in the North-Eastern state of the country.

The communiqué said the governors deliberated on issues affecting the country, particularly on national security and the killing of some 43 rice farmers in the Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.

The communiqué noted that the governors also endorsed two proposals on infrastructure development fund loans.

According to NGF, “the proposal was from Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led National Economic Council Ad Hoc Committee on Leveraging Portion of Accumulated Pension Funds for Investment in the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, and the Governor of Central Bank Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.”

The El-Rufai Committee briefed the Forum on a proposed National Infrastructure Investment Fund under the auspices of the NSIA such that N2 trillion at nine percent interest could be accessed through the authority, it stated.

The statement added “the NGF chairman said that the CBN governor has a similar proposal to access N15 trillion for national infrastructure funding through INFRACREDIT at a lower interest rate of five percent.”

The governors as well encouraged the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), currently on industrial action, to hasten the implementation of the truce elements in their resolutions to allow the country’s universities to reopen immediately.

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