EL RUFAI, FAYEMI BATTLE TO SUCCEED YARI AS GOVERNORS’ FORUM CHAIRMAN

Fayemi Governors Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna) and Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) are contesting for Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) chairman. But there are indications that a Southwest candidate may get the job since the outgoing chairman, Zamfara State Governor Abdul-Aziz Yari, is from the North. El-Rufai is, however, said to have insisted on getting the slot and he is yet to agree to step down for any of his colleagues. The NGF has had six chairmen in the last 20 years when the nation returned to democracy. The past chairmen are Alh.…

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HAPPENING NOW: GOVERNORS’ FORUM INDUCTION FOR NEWLY ELECTED GOVERNORS BEGINS, WITH OUTGOING GOVERNORS ATTENDED

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat, Abuja has started an induction program for newly-elected and returning governors. The programme, which is holding at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, is being attended by the newly-elected governors and the outgoing ones. President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in the United Kingdom on a “private visit,” is being represented at the event by his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN). Chairman of the Forum and the outgoing Governor of Zamafara State, Abdulaziz Yari, told the newly-elected governors to get ready to face new…

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NGF SET TO ORGANISE INDUCTION FOR INCOMING OLD GOVERNORS

Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Secretariat says it has concluded arrangements for an induction programme for newly-elected and returning governors. In a statement issued by Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, Head, Media and Public Affairs, NGF, on Saturday in Abuja, said the induction programme would hold between April 28 and May 2. Bello-Barkindo said that the initiative was aimed at supporting incoming governors to develop key governance and management skills that would enable them transition from campaigning to managing the processes of governance. A similar induction took place…

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GOVERNORS PUSH FOR STATE POLICE, NASS DISAGREE

Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris State governors have called for the establishment of state police on a day it emerged that the National Assembly has rejected such request. The governors argued yesterday that state police “is important for the nation,” but legislators said same day the country is not ripe for it. The governors made the demand  yesterday at a meeting with the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. They then set up a six-man committee of governors to recommend ways of achieving that objective. They…

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GOVERNORS’ FORUM SET UP COMMITTEE ON ESTABLISHMENT OF STATE POLICE

Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Wednesday night set up a six-man committee to formulate modalities on creation of state police. The committee has representatives from the six geo-political zones of the country. Hide quoted text The decision was reached at a closed-door meeting the governors had with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa. Briefing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of Governors Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari flanked by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha said that its…

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PARIS CLUB REFUND: GOVERNORS MEET IN THE VILLA

State governors last night met behind closed-doors at Old Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. The meeting discussed Tuesday’s payments to the 36 states as refund of “over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts on the accounts of States and Local Governments (1995-2002).” It was the second tranche of the refunds to the states, totalling N243.8 billion. The Ministry of Finance had said the releases were conditional upon a minimum of 75 percent being applied to the payment of workers’ salaries and pensions…

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