By Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Progressives Governors in the country to key into Federal Government’s fight against corruption in the country.
He equally said the call has become necessary as “gains of the collaboration continue to face the danger of annihilation if corruption persist at sub-national levels”.
The President made the call while declaring open, the 3rd Federal Government-Progressives Governor’s Forum, held in Jos, the Plateau State Capital.
Buhari described the parley between the Federal Government and Governors from the All Progressives Congress, APC controlled States as a reflection of the collective commitment of the federal and states governments to find solutions to the developmental challenges facing the nation.
The governors under the aegis of Progressive Governors Forum during the parley in Jos which focused on internal security, education and health engaged in peer review, comparing notes on how best to achieve the vision of the APC-led federal government.
He noted that his administration is committed to improving the welfare of all Nigerians especially as the nation is on a positive trajectory of food self-sufficiency in some staples crops.
The President who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha also disclosed that “huge investments have been made in the transportation sector especially the railway and road network,” and called on the State governments to “double their support in the anti-corruption battle as the gains of our collaboration continue to face the danger of annihilation if corruption persist at sub-national levels.”
The host Governor and Chairman Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong said the engagement was crucial as it is aimed at “strengthening public service delivery in the APC and the nation at large” and urged participants to “justify why we were chosen from among millions of Nigerians by devising ingenious ways of meeting the expectations of the public.”
Lalong said, “Saddled with the enormous responsibility of moving our dear states
forward, we have no option but to constantly engage one another like we are
doing here today.
“We must also put on record that notwithstanding the many challenges we face as a country, the APC administration both at the National, State and Local Government levels have recorded tremendous progress in reshaping the economy, rebuilding infrastructure, creating jobs and improving security among
others”, he maintained.
“But we must also admit that there is still more work to be done considering the level of decay we inherited in our various States”.
Also, the Chairman, Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu noted that the theme of the parley, ‘Improving Public Service Delivery’ was apt as they were committed to creating governance identity in the APC controlled State.
The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole who also spoke charged the Governors to show good example by focusing on education and paying the new minimum wage because “government and governance is about the people.”
Oshiomole pleaded with all APC state governors to implement and pay the N30,000 minimum wage and consequential adjustments.
“As progressives, let us be the first to pay the new national minimum wage and not just the wage but also the consequential arising from it.
“Already there are some proactive progressive governors that have taken steps to address this.
“I plead that you give this a priority, because when other governors are fighting whether or not to pay, you will say that progressive governors have paid.
“Where there is will, there will certainly be a way,” he said.
The APC national chairman called on the APC governors to support border closure by the Federal Government”.
He said that the nation’s borders should remain close until neighboring countries follow the protocols of fair trade.
Those in attendance included governors of Plateau, Edo, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Ekiti, Niger, Kaduna as well as Deputy Governors of Kogi and Gombe who represented their bosses.