By Chinenye Festus:-
The Deputy Secretary-General Of United Nations Amina Mohammed, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the Nigeria Governors’s Forum (NGF) secretariat as part of her tour to some selected West African states, which includes Ghana, Sierra Leone, Chad, and the Niger Republic.
She urged the Nigerian Leaders to see young people as important assets to the development of the country if they want to retire honorably and in peace too.
In a statement issued by the spokesperson of the NGF Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, noted that the plea she made was in reaction to the #EndSARS protest witnessed in the country recently.
She applauded the governors for the mature manner in which they handled the demonstrations, although she regretted that some hoodlums eventually hijacked the peaceful protests.
The NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, while welcoming the DSG to the secretariat listed some of the challenges of governance in the country and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Nigeria’s economy.
Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, and his Imo State counterpart, Governor Hope Uzodinma, attended the meeting in person while many others joined by zoom from their respective states.
Fayemi explained that as a responsive group, members of the NGF worked collaboratively, co-opting ideas and welcoming support from critical stakeholders, including partners and the private sector.
“In the wake of the pandemic, we worked with the Federal Government to ensure the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Presidential Task Force (PTF), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development got all the support they required in delivering swift containment measures,” he told the DSG.
“At the National Economic Council (NEC) level, we developed a COVID-19 response plan encompassing health, economic and socio-economic, immediate to medium-term measures needed to combat the virus and its impact,” he added.
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