In a meeting on Wednesday, the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) expressed their support for President Bola Tinubu’s decision to end fuel subsidy payments in the country and other early policy initiatives of the administration.
During his first meeting with them as president, the forum expressed their support for the president, congratulating him on his all-inclusive leadership. Tinubu called on the governors to collaborate with the Federal Government in tackling the challenge of poverty in the country, while work together and give priority to the welfare of Nigerians. He added that the nation should be seen as one big family that must work together to eliminate poverty.
Tinubu vowed to maintain an open-door policy and share ideas that will improve the livelihoods of Nigerians. He pointed out that after removing subsidy, there must be savings accruing to the Federation Account. Furthermore, the President emphasized the need to improve the education sector as part of efforts to reduce poverty.
The President pointed out that the security problems in some states is a challenge that all state governors must tackle together. The governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who led the forum as the NGF Chairman, expressed his gratitude to the President for the invitation to discuss the challenges of poverty and security and assured the President that the governors would support the Federal Government in meeting the targets of human development. “The NGF will follow the tradition of working constitutionally and harmoniously with you,” he said.
The meeting, which was attended by Vice President Kashim Shettima and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, had 22 governors and two deputy governors from Edo and Niger states in attendance.