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Governors Agree To Compensate Victims Of Herders, Farmers Clashes
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Governors Agree To Compensate Victims Of Herders, Farmers Clashes

State governors have agreed to compensate victims of herders /farmers clashes in their various states . The agreement was reached at a meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Presidential Villa , Abuja on Thursday. The meeting was presided by Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo . The council presided over by sitting Vice President has all state governors and relevant, Central Bank of Nigeria’ Governor and relevant ministers as members. The decision to pay compensation was part of the communique read by the governor of Ogun State , Dapo Abiodun, when he briefed State House Correspondents alongside his Kebbi State counterpart , Atiku Bagudu. Abiodun noted those who suffered loses in targeted attacks must be made to have a sense of compensation . He also said the council re...
Insecurity: Governors Meet In Aso Rock
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Insecurity: Governors Meet In Aso Rock

Governors of the 36 states of the federation on the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum have arrived at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for a crucial meeting over the worsening security situation in the country. The meeting chaired by the NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State , Kayode Fayemi, was scheduled for 8: 00 pm. A statement announcing the meeting was earlier issued by the Head, Media, and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello -Barkindo , said the meeting , which will be the first physical meeting since the coronavirus pandemic started in Nigeria in February 2020, has only one item on the agenda – security . Only last week , some members of the NGF, including Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, his Kano State counterpart , Abdullahi Ganduje, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara a...
Herders Registration Begins, NGF, Miyetti Allah Back Akeredolu’s Order
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Herders Registration Begins, NGF, Miyetti Allah Back Akeredolu’s Order

The Ondo State Government on Monday said it had started registering herdsmen in the state with the aim of ejecting unregistered herders from the state’s forest reserves. The Special Adviser to state Governor on Security, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, disclosed this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Akure where the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Governors Forum met. It was gathered that herdsmen had started leaving the Ondo State’s forest reserves in deference to the state government’s order, which was backed by governors’ forum and the Miyetti Allah at their meeting on Monday. The NGF and the cattle breeders’ meeting was on a seven-day ultimatum, which the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), on Monday last week issued herdsmen t...
No Eviction Order To Herdsmen In South-West – Nigeria Governors Forum
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No Eviction Order To Herdsmen In South-West – Nigeria Governors Forum

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has said that there was no eviction order to herdsmen in Ondo State or any part of the South West region. It said the speech of Ondo Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, was misconstrued in the media and was only directed at government reserve including registration. Chairman of NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, spoke in Akure at a meeting with the national leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). Dr. Fayemi noted that the statement generated a lot of hoopla which led to what he described as unfortunate development in Oyo State. He said Akeredolu didn't talk about herdsmen vacating the state but about registration of herdsmen who want to operate within the reserves. The Ekiti Governor...
We Kept Palliatives Ahead Of Second Wave Of COVID-19 – Governors
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We Kept Palliatives Ahead Of Second Wave Of COVID-19 – Governors

Some Nigerians upon the recent discovery of undistributed relief materials have taken to carting them away, berating the governors for stealing items meant for the public. Nigerian state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors' Forum said the recent cache of palliatives discovered by citizens in warehouses across the country was kept in anticipation of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Some Nigerians upon the recent discovery of undistributed relief materials have taken to carting them away, berating the governors for stealing items meant for the public. Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the NGF’s Head, Media and Public Affairs, on behalf of the governors in a statement, said, “The NGF pleads with members of the public to desist from spreading rumour...
EndSARS: Governors Worried About Discontent, Anger In Nigeria – Fayemi
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EndSARS: Governors Worried About Discontent, Anger In Nigeria – Fayemi

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said he and his colleagues in the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) were concerned about discontent, hunger and anger in the country and would be ready to work with other stakeholders to find a lasting solution. Dr. Fayemi, who is the NGF Chairman, said the raging nationwide ENDSARS protests resulted from years of pent-up emotion, anger and hunger in the land, adding that the governors are committed to larger reform of the polity not only much taunted Police reform. The Governor spoke on Sunday at the Special thanksgiving mass held at St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Old Garage, Ado Ekiti as part of activities to mark the second anniversary of his administration in office. Dr. Fayemi said he understood the frustration of the yo...
Governors Declare State Of Emergency On Rape In Nigeria
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Governors Declare State Of Emergency On Rape In Nigeria

The Nigeria Governors Forum has agreed to declare a state of emergency on sexual and gender-based violence against women and children. They also renewed commitment to ensuring that offenders face the full weight of the law . This was contained in a communique signed by the Chairman of the NGF , Dr. Kayode Fayemi, after the forum’ s 10th COVID -19 teleconference meeting held on Wednesday. The communique was issued in Abuja, on Thursday. Governors agreed to , “ Declare a State of Emergency on Sexual and Gender- based Violence . Governors strongly condemned all forms of violence against women and children and committed to ensuring that offenders face the maximum weight of the law ; “Call on State Governors that have not already domesticated relevant gender- based protection...
State Governors Violating Interstate Travel Ban
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State Governors Violating Interstate Travel Ban

State governors have been embarking on interstate movement in clear violation of a ban to that effect which they agreed on as a measure to mitigate community transmission of COVID-19, investigation has revealed. The governors, under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) had on Wednesday, April 22, “unanimously” agreed to the implementation of an interstate lockdown in the country to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 from state to state, giving permission to only essential services. MCI reports that the Federal Government also banned interstate movement effective Monday, May 4, as part of new measures to fight the dreaded COVID-19. Before the agreement on the interstate travel ban was reached, the 36 governors resorted to weekly COVID-19 teleconference meetings and suspended t...
Nigerian Governors Demand Inclusion In Recovered Loots’ Sharing
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Nigerian Governors Demand Inclusion In Recovered Loots’ Sharing

Nigerian governors have raised concerns about the ownership and distribution of proceeds from recovered looted funds, demanding that they should be made shareholders. The governors noted that following update on the rising trend of deductions from revenues accruable to the federation account available for distribution to the three tiers of government, recovered funds should be a part of the first-line charge from the federation account. This is part of resolutions reached at the end of the 8th COVID-19 teleconference meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) chaired by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Wednesday. In the communique signed by Governor Fayemi and made available on Thursday, the governors agreed to engage with the federal government to ensure that the g...
Governors Meet Today To Review COVID-19 Strategy
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Governors Meet Today To Review COVID-19 Strategy

Governors of the 36 states of the federation, under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum, are set to hold their 8th teleconference to review the COVID-19 situation in states as well as develop strategies on how best to quickly overcome the effects of the pandemic. The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Mr Mele Kyari, is also expected to participate in the meeting scheduled to hold on Wednesday. This was contained in an invitation from the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, to the governors. According to the invitation, issues to be discussed at the meeting include: “an update from the Presidential Task Force, on Covid-19, a new initiative code-named CACOVID – Volunteer Health Workers Support Scheme...
Security Agents Must Stop Violation Of Interstate Lockdown – NGF
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Security Agents Must Stop Violation Of Interstate Lockdown – NGF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Wednesday lamented Nigerians’ non-compliance with guidelines on the gradual reopening of the economy. The task force Chairman, Boss Mustapha, who stated this at the PTF press conference in Abuja, said disregard for the ban on interstate movements and other guidelines was an indication of the danger ahead. But the Nigeria Governors’ Forum told The PUNCH that security agencies must live up to their responsibilities by stopping violation of the ban on interstate movements. The NGF stated this as the Arewa Consultative Forum hit northern governors on the shoddy implementation of the evacuation of Almajiris to their states of origin. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had, in his broadcast on April 27, banned interstate mo...
Covid-19: Governors Give Buhari Conditions For Relaxing Lockdown On Monday
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Covid-19: Governors Give Buhari Conditions For Relaxing Lockdown On Monday

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari, to scale down the total lockdown imposed in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja. This was contained in a letter dated April 24, 2020 and signed by NGF chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State. The letter was addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation/Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha. The Governors have asked Buhari to allow free movement in all the states, but with restrictions on large gatherings. The other things the governors want incorporated into President Buhari’s impending pronouncement on the lockdown are: “Inter-state lockdown, excluding movement of essential supplies- food, beverages, medical and pharmaceutical, petroleum supplies and agricultural products;...
Governors Agree On 14-Day National COVID-19 Lockdown
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Governors Agree On 14-Day National COVID-19 Lockdown

Governor Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State Governors of the 36 States of the federation on Wednesday “unanimously” agreed to the implementation of an inter-State lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 virus from State to State. The governors, operating under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), reached the agreement after receiving briefing from the Governors of Lagos, Bauchi, Oyo and Ogun States who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight against COVID-19. A communique issued by the NGF chairman and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, at the end of the sixth COVID-19 teleconference meeting said only essential services would be permitted. State governors called for the decentralization of the COVID-19 r...
Governors Reject Death Penalty For Hate Speech
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Governors Reject Death Penalty For Hate Speech

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) wednesday rejected the proposed death penalty for hate speech in the bill at the National Assembly. The governors also resolved to conclude negotiations with labour unions on the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage before the December 31 deadline. The governors spoke to journalists last night at the end of their seventh meeting in Abuja, which was presided over by the Vice Chiarman of the NGF and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal. Tambuwal urged the National Assembly to conduct a public hearing on the hate speech bill to aggregate the views of Nigerians. “I’m not sure I have heard any governor come out to say he is in support of the death penalty for hate speech. “I believe that the National Assembly should hold a public h...
Governor Kayode Fayemi Denied Entry Into The United State Of America
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Governor Kayode Fayemi Denied Entry Into The United State Of America

Governor of Ekiti State and the chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Dr. Fayemi has been rejected entry into the United States of America (USA). He was denied visa. It was reported that when the Chairman of Nigeria Governor Forum, was informed of the news on Wednesday, he, in full blown anger dashed out to the Embassy. He demanded for the reason he was rejected. He was told to contact the appropriate offices to further details. Dr. Fayemi was not please. Enraged, the Ekiti Governor tore the USA visa rejection documents and threw it at the Embassy officials. With this development, the previously scheduled trip to the USA with the Governors Forum in the company of Businessman Aliko Dangote to meet with Bill and Melinda Gates was cancelled. The Governor Forum in affect i...
Minimum Wage Negotiations: FEC Can’t Decide For States – Governors
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Minimum Wage Negotiations: FEC Can’t Decide For States – Governors

Negotiations over consequential salary adjustments on the N 30,000 minimum wage may run into a storm in states as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Monday said states would not pay above their capacities . The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who stated this after the forum’s meeting in Abuja said the Federal Executive Council could not decide for states . But organised labour lashed out at the NGF chairman and warned him against statements that could trigger industrial crises in states. Fayemi said the governors , at their meeting , reviewed progress in the implementation of the minimum wage law . Clarifying the forum’s position and FEC ’s decision, Fayemi said that while state governors agreed on the N 30, 000 minimum wage, FEC did not determine wh...
36 State Governors Meet In Abuja Over Bailout Fund Repayment
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36 State Governors Meet In Abuja Over Bailout Fund Repayment

The 36 state governors, under the umbrella of Nigeria Governors’ Forum are currently meeting in Abuja. According to the agenda of the meeting, the governors would discuss the time frame for the refund of the N614 billion bailout fund issued to the States by the Federal Government. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the development was a sequel to the notice given to the states by the Federal Government to recover the loan facility. The governors, according to the meeting agenda, would deliberate on getting an update on deductions for budget support facility from the appropriate organ of government. They are also scheduled to discuss a proposal for recovery of funds due to state governments, withholding tax issues, collection of grand rent, NTEL and MTEL, among other ma...
I Have Nothing Against Islam – Governor Wike
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I Have Nothing Against Islam – Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike, has said he has nothing against Islam or any faith amidst storm over the reported demolition of Trans-Amadi Central Mosque in Port Harcourt. Wike said this on Sunday while showing the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, the site of the mosque he was accused of demolishing. Fayemi, according to a statement by his spokesman, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, was in Port Harcourt to verify the true situation of the matter. Wike claimed that the site where the mosque was reportedly located was a sewage dump area. He said: “I have nothing against Islam or any faith for that matter. As you can see there was never a mosque on this ground instead it is a sewage site which has been in contention between the state government ...
SERAP Asks Governors To Emulate ‘Makinde’s Open Asset Declaration Example
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SERAP Asks Governors To Emulate ‘Makinde’s Open Asset Declaration Example

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged 35 state governors in Nigeria to “emulate the shining example of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, who recently openly declared his assets, by publishing without further delay the full details of their asset declarations submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB). SERAP said: “Nigerians ought to know the worth of their state governors. The publication of asset declarations by state governors will improve transparency, accountability and good governance and assure the public that neither fraud nor illicit enrichment is concealed. Knowing the worth of state governors before and after taking offices would also prevent rumours, half-truths or innuendo regarding asset declarations.” According to the assets declarati...
FG, Govs Seek Recruitment Of Corps Members For Community Policing
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FG, Govs Seek Recruitment Of Corps Members For Community Policing

The Federal Government and the Nigeria Governors ’ Forum have proposed to recruit National Youth Service Corps members and graduates of the N ’ Power Programme to beef up the manpower needs of the Nigeria Police Force . The corps members and N ’ Power cadets are to make up for the inadequacy of the ongoing recruitment of 10 , 000 additional hands by the police . They will help primarily in boosting community policing . The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi , disclosed this in Abuja on Friday after he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa . Fayemi stated that issue topped the agenda of the meeting of the Security Sub - Committee of the National Economic Council headed by him earlier in the week. He said the governor...
PDP Governors Reject El-Rufai In 2-Man Race For NGF Chairman
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PDP Governors Reject El-Rufai In 2-Man Race For NGF Chairman

Ahead of the election of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) chairman, there are indications that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors prefer their Ekiti State colleague, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai. The seventh NGF poll will hold on Wednesday in Abuja. El-Rufai may back out of the contest following talks among All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, The Nation learnt last night. NGF has produced six chairmen in the last 20 years of the nation’s democracy. They are: Alh. Abdullahi Adamu, (Nasarawa, 1999 – 2004), Arc. (Obong) Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom State, 2004 -2006), Chief Lucky Igbinedion (Edo, 2006 – 2007), Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (Kwara, 2007- 2011), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers, 2011 -2015) and Abdulaziz Yari (2015-2019). The Southwest...
LG Autonomy: Governors Petition Buhari, Over Control Local Government Allocation
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LG Autonomy: Governors Petition Buhari, Over Control Local Government Allocation

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) from forcing states to stay off allocations meant for local government areas. This was as the speakers of some state Houses of Assembly ask their governors to challenge the NFIU in court for meddling in states’ affairs. Speaking with newsmen on Saturday, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Speakers’ Forum, Mr John Gaul-Lebo, described the NFIU as “meddlesome interlopers”, adding that the federal agency was going into an area it had no jurisdiction over. Gaul-Lebo said, “They are meddlesome interlopers. They are going into an area they have no jurisdiction over and my advice is that the Federal Government and the National Assembly should ...
Governors Working Hard To Influence Ministerial Appointments
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Governors Working Hard To Influence Ministerial Appointments

Some governors are working hard to have a say in who becomes minister(s) from their states, Daily Trust leant yesterday. In 2015, governors did not have influence in the selection of ministers following the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari to keep the processes of the selection to himself. However, it was gathered some governors met with the president last week after his return from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), before he travelled to the United Kingdom (UK). An aide to one of the governors told Daily Trust that at least one governor each from five geo-political zones except the South South, attended the meeting. He, however, said it did not mean the zone was not carried along in the discussions. He said two of the governors recently won re-election. “I can ...
EFCC Raises Team To Quiz Amosun, Okorocha, Yari As Immunity Ends
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EFCC Raises Team To Quiz Amosun, Okorocha, Yari As Immunity Ends

Ahead of May 29, 2019, handover date to newly-elected states helmsmen, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has set up teams to probe some governors accused of perpetrating acts of corruption, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. At least 12 states will have new governors on May 29 after the tenure of the current ones would have ended. The states that will have new chief executives include Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Imo, Kwara, Nasarawa, Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Zamfara. Of the 12 states, however, four governors have been accused of corruption. They include Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State; Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed; the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari; and Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun. Okoroch...
Only Lagos Can Afford N30,000 Minimum Wage — Govs
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Only Lagos Can Afford N30,000 Minimum Wage — Govs

THE thirty-six state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, met last night in Abuja, saying only Lagos State Government can pay the new minimum wage of N30,000. The governors also resolved to downsize, if they must pay the new minimum wage. They, however, at the meeting the NGF emergency meeting, resolved to send another delegation to President Muhammadau Buhari to canvass their position on the new Minimum Wage. Members of the committee to see President Buhari are governors of Lagos, Akinwumi Ambode; Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Simon Lalong of Plateau State; Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State; Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State; Dave Umahi of Benue State; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; and Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State. The governors insisted that ...
Presidency For Appointing Ghost Workers To Head Board Positions
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Presidency For Appointing Ghost Workers To Head Board Positions

The Buhari presidency has acknowledged and apologised for the errors made in listing late Senator Francis Okpozu and two others among chairmen and members of boards of government agencies and parastatals. The President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu admitted the errors and said “no human undertaking can be free of mistakes”. He said the errors identified with the list were not enough to describe the exercise as scandalous, insisting that “there is no scandal”. The President’s spokesman explained that the names of dead appointees in the list came about because the list had been compiled by the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal. Garba Shehu said “the list has a history” which explained the controversy around it. He said, “In 2015, Mr. Presid...
Ex-President Jonathan, Senator Bola Tinubu Bicker Over Corruption
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Ex-President Jonathan, Senator Bola Tinubu Bicker Over Corruption

National leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, took the immediate administration headed by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to the cleaner. According to him, the former president got a red card in governance but won a gold medal in corruption. However, Jonathan dismissed the claim that corruption was elevated to a gold medal status under his administration, as insisted that happenings in the last two years have shown that the incumbent administration has taken corruption to a frightening level. Tinubu alleged that under the former president, so much money grew feet and ran faster than Jamaican runner, Usain Bolt. This is as President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration had demonstrated its intolerance for corruption, warning that any public off...
17 APC Governors Move To Oust John Odigie-Oyegun As National Chairman
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17 APC Governors Move To Oust John Odigie-Oyegun As National Chairman

Crisis has broken out in the All Progressives Congress (APC), with about 17 governors plotting to dump the National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun. The governors are said to be angry that Oyegun has been running the party with only seven of their colleagues and may table their grievances at the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on October 31 and pass a vote of no confidence in Oyegun. The governors are said to have reached out to President Muhammadu Buhari on their decision to reject Oyegun’s leadership, but Oyegun’s supporters have fingered former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s backers as part of the plot. They said Oshiomhole’s loyalists had been lobbying party leaders ahead of the NEC meeting to concede the slot to the ex-governor should Oyegun be forced t...
Why Buhari Met PDP, APC Leaders, 36 Govs In Aso Rock
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Why Buhari Met PDP, APC Leaders, 36 Govs In Aso Rock

The Presidency, on Friday, explained that President Muhammadu Buhari has been meeting political leaders and interest groups across the country in order to build national consensus for peace and unity. Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said that the theme of the President’s speeches at the meetings has been unity and peace which he described as crucial at this critical period in the development of the country. He was answering questions against the background of meetings between the President and leaders of the two major political parties in the country – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) – and the 36 state governors. President Buhari, on Friday, met with leaders of the opposition PDP together with their APC counterparts at the Presidenti...
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Pastor Adeboye Visits President Buhari In London

The list of prominent personalities visiting President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom swelled yesterday when the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, also visited him at Abuja House, London. Few hours after the visit, Buhari expressed gratitude to Adeboye for both the visit and his prayers. The President who expressed his gratitude on his twitter handle @MBuhari, also prayed God to continue to bless Adeboye and his work. “I thank Pastor Adeboye for visiting today and for his prayers and good wishes. May God continue to bless him and his work,” he tweeted. Adeboye’s visit came 24 hours after Buhari received the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in the UK...
I-G Seeks Governors’ Forum’s Support On Passage Of Police Trust Fund Bill
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I-G Seeks Governors’ Forum’s Support On Passage Of Police Trust Fund Bill

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday sought the support of the Nigeria Governors Forum for the passage of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund bill now before the National Assembly. The Force Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement in Abuja, said Idris made the call at a meeting with the forum in Abuja on Thursday. He said that if the bill was passed, the police would have enough fund to effectively police the nation. Idris said: “Let me use this opportunity to appeal to your Excellencies to prevail on your representatives at the National Assembly to ensure the passage of the bill. “It is my sincere believe that once the Police Trust Fund Bill is passed into law, the necessary finances required to effectively police the Nation will be available.” He said that this wou...
Paris Club Refunds: Gov. Yari Threatens Showdown With EFCC
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Paris Club Refunds: Gov. Yari Threatens Showdown With EFCC

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State has threatened a showdown with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for accusing him of diverting part of the Paris Club loan refunds. Yari, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, issued the threat while speaking with journalists on Thursday in Abuja. Yari is accused of diverting N500 million and $500,000 from the Paris Club refunds made by the Federal Government in favour of the 36 states of the federation to personal use. He said he would formally write the Federal Government to complain about the antics of the commission`s Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, against other governors. “I am going to ‎write to the Federal Government that enough is enough, that either the EFCC does its work or we do a show down with it,” he...
Paris Club Refund: Ekiti Got Only N8.8bn As First Tranche – PDP
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Paris Club Refund: Ekiti Got Only N8.8bn As First Tranche – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has dismissed claim by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State that N9.5 billion was received by the State as first tranche of the Paris Club refund, saying that “Ekiti State and the 16 Local Councils received N8.8 billion out of which the State got N5.4 Billion and the Local Councils got N3.4 billion and no kobo has been received as second tranche of the refund by any State in the country.” In a release issued on Wednesday by State publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Jackson Adebayo, the party said Nigerians were aware of the fact that the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) hired a team of consultants to help secure the repayment of the over-deducted funds from the Federal Government when the FG was dragging its feet on the issue. ...
Governors Accuse Jonathan’s Govt Of Importing Substandard Rice During Elections
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Governors Accuse Jonathan’s Govt Of Importing Substandard Rice During Elections

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Thursday expressed concern over the substandard rice imported into the country during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, lamenting that the rice is sometimes harmful to the human system. They said huge consignment of rice still finding its way into the market was imported into Nigeria since 2014 when the Jonathan administration issued a very liberal import licence regime to its election financiers who were able to bring a substantial quantity of rice into the country using a waiver from the presidency at the time. The 36 governors spoke in a statement issued by the Head, Media and Public Affairs of the NGF Abulrazaque Bello- Barkindo, which called on the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to expeditiously take measures to arrest the...
Paris Club Loot: Governor Agrees To Refund $2.5m
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Paris Club Loot: Governor Agrees To Refund $2.5m

The state governor accused of building a hotel with $3 million of the controversial London-Paris Club loan refund has sneaked into Aso Rock Presidential Villa in search of soft-landing. The Nation gathered yesterday that the embattled governor had in the last 48 hours been roaming the corridors of the Presidential Villa in desperate search for help. He was said to have offered to refund the balance of $2.5 million quietly to the EFCC without being further investigated, given that one of the proxies used to launder the funds had already surrendered $500,000 to the anti-graft agency. It was learnt that the governor, who disguised to enter the Villa, avoided the prying eyes of journalists at the seat of power. A government source said: “The governor was looking visibly disturbed, ...
APC Governors’ Forum To Sack Okorocha For Incompetence
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APC Governors’ Forum To Sack Okorocha For Incompetence

APC govs to sack chairman, Okorocha State governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) want to remove Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha as chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and replace him with a second term governor from the South West, a source very close to one of them told Daily Trust on Sunday in Abuja at the weekend. The two second term APC governors from the South West are Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and his Ogun State counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun. One of them is being touted to replace Okorocha though it is not certain which one of them the governors will settle for. According to the source, the APC governors are not happy with Okorocha, who they said has failed to provide a proper sense of direction to their forum....
N19bn Paris Club Scam: EFCC Report Indicts Saraki, Aides, Ex-bank MD
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N19bn Paris Club Scam: EFCC Report Indicts Saraki, Aides, Ex-bank MD

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has submitted a report to President Muhammadu Buhari linking Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and some of his aides to the diversion of about N19bn from the N522bn Paris Club refund. The report also fingered Mr. Robert Mbonu of Melrose General Services Limited. Mbonu is a former Managing Director of Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, the commercial bank owned by the Saraki family which was later liquidated. The Federal Government had, in December 2016, approved the sum of N522.74bn to be paid to the 36 states of the federation as part of the reimbursement of the over-deduction on the Paris Club loan from 1995 to 2002. The EFCC had sometimes in January discovered that the loan refunds were illegally routed through the account of the Ni...
Minister Of Transport, Amaechi Says He Was More Popular Than Fellow Governors While In Office
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Minister Of Transport, Amaechi Says He Was More Popular Than Fellow Governors While In Office

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has asserted that during his eight years of governing Rivers state, he was more popular than any stakeholder of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, including his then co-governors. The former chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, added that his goodwill remained intact throughout the time he was in charge of Rivers because he never abused the office of the Governor. Speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital, after arriving the state ahead of the Saturday’s legislative rerun election, Amaechi said, “During my tenure as governor, I never abused the office. The office of the governor is sacred and should be respected in all ramifications. “When I was governor, I had over 75 per cent support from Rivers people and other ...