Economy tops agenda as govs, finance minister, World Bank meet

THE 36 state governors, Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning Zainab Ahmed and representatives of the World Bank will on Tuesday meet to discuss economic issues in Nigeria.

According to a statement by the Director-General of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Asishana Bayo Okauru, the meeting, which will be held virtually, will begin at 2:00 pm.

The statement said, “The economy will dominate the meeting as the Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and the World Bank led by its Country Director, Dr Shubham Chadhuri and other key stakeholders in the economic sector make presentations.”

A report had earlier revealed that the cost of servicing debt surpassed the country’s revenue by N310 billion in the first quarter of 2022.

The NGF DG said that the Tuesday meeting was originally scheduled for last week Wednesday but was postponed due to the absence of many APC governors.

“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.”

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He also disclosed that the Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire, will make a presentation on the Global Fund during the meeting.

He added that the 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.

Niyi Oyedeji

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