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Governors commend private sector coalition against COVID-19

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has commended the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 that was set up by the Central Bank of Nigeria for their pledge to support States increase their capacity to mitigate the spread of the virus and care for confirmed cases through the construction of isolation centers and the distribution of personal protective equipment to States.

This is contained in a statement by the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ekiti state Dr. Kayode Fayemi after a meeting of the Forum in Abuja.

The statement explained that the Chairman briefed State Governors on ongoing coordination with the World Bank to mobilize support for States to mitigate the economic and social cost of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing plans include accelerated disbursement of existing and new financing policies for States under the State Fiscal, Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Programme to mitigate the recovery support for the next 18 months to two years.

After a briefing from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, on the activities of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the Forum commended the SGF and his team for the commitment in leading a national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governors also emphasized the need for a stronger collaboration with States because they are in the best positioned to administer palliatives to mitigate the impact of the crisis, including the distribution of food and essential materials to citizens at the grass roots.

On ongoing collaboration with the NGF Secretariat to profile States vulnerability to the spread of the coronavirus based on parameters such as population age and density, travel history, the Governors approved the vulnerability model and resolved to use the model to drive a data-driven approach to stop the spread of the virus in the country.

The Forum also expressed full support for the federal government’s timely implementation of the petrol price modulation mechanism to eliminate petrol subsidy that are permanently in the country and reiterated the importance of canceling all deductions and deferring of all commercial debt service payments on federal government and Central Bank owned debts.

Nehemiah Anini

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