The nation’s 36 Governors are to meet on Wednesday to examine pressing national issues, including the ongoing strike by resident doctors, the planned commencement of the second phase of the COVID- 19 vaccination, among others.

The Governors will, at the 33rd teleconference meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), also aggregate their views on the Water Resources Bill, pending before the National Assembly and issue a response on the issue to the Water Resources Minister.

According to a statement by the spokesman of (NGF), Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the meeting would equally dwell on the recently signed Petroleum Industry Bill (PPIB, the refund of withholding taxes (WHT) and Stamp Duties, the Nigerian Postal Service Bill, 2021 and issues surrounding the collection of Stamp Duties.

The statement reads: “Three pro-poor issues will feature prominently on the Nigeria Governors’ Forum’s 33rd Teleconference meeting, the 10th in 2021 which takes place on Wednesday 18th August 2021.

“The Director General of the NGF, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru in the invitation to the meeting itemised the National Poverty reduction and growth strategy, the second phase of the Covid 19 vaccination and other health updates, as well as the on-going strike by the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), and the campaign for building a new mindset for a united Nigeria as some of the crucial issues to dominate the meeting.

“The meeting which promises to be very heavy on solving critical national questions will also dwell on states’ participation in Nigeria Electrification Project and Solar Power Naija, in a presentation by the nation’s Rural Electrification Agency.

“The Nigerian Security Minting and Printing Company will also address the Forum on how to leverage Modern Security Document Solutions.

“The Campaign on Building a New Mindset for a United Nigeria will be anchored by Ambassadors of Voice for Change led by Bala Ahmed & Zack Orji

“Other items on the agenda, according to Mr Okauru, include an update on the refund of withholding taxes (WHT) and Stamp Duties, the Nigerian Postal Service Bill, 2021 & Collection of Stamp Duties, and the recently signed Petroleum Industry Bill where the governors are expected to identify next steps among other issues.

“The health update by the NGF Health Advisor, Dr. Ahmad Abdulwahab will be embroidered by another update on the 2nd Phase of Covid-19 Vaccination by Dr. Faisal Shuaib, while the Gov. Okowa Committee of the NGF will brief governors on its appraisal of the PTF thus far.

“The NGF Chairman, Dr John Kayode Fayemi’s keynote address to the Association for General & Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMN), where he enjoined doctors to honour they Hippocratic oaths by seeking other means of pushing their demands and avoid resorting to strikes, will round up the health section of the deliberations.’’

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