Three ministers have been lined up to address the 36 state governors of the federation when they meet virtually in their 5th teleconference meeting for 2022.
The economy will dominate the meeting as the Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, Zainab Ahmed and the World Bank led by its country director, Dr Shubham Chadhuri and other key stakeholders in the economic sector make presentations.
According to a statement issued by the head media of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo, the invitation which was issued by the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, will begin from 2 pm in the afternoon.
He said all the governors are expected to link up from 1 pm.
The meeting was scheduled to take place on Wednesday last week but due to some political exigencies which resulted in the absence of many APC governors, the meeting had to be postponed till tomorrow, Tuesday, the 25th 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 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 preceded 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,” he said.