Recession: Govs back Buhari on economic measures …Want FG to declare emergency on polio resurgence


By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja.
Governors of the 36 states of the federation on Friday endorsed the economic measures being introduced by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to tackle the current recession in the country.
The governors under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) urged the federal government to sustain its on-going efforts in that direction.
Zamfara Governor and Chairman of the forum, Abdulaziz Yari gave the endorsement on behalf of his colleagues after an emergency meeting of the NGF at the outer banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja
The governors’ position came barely one week after the National Council of State (NCS) threw their weight behind the economic policies of the federal government aimed at combating the recession.
Some of the economic measures introduced by the present administration include flexible foreign excahnge policy, agricutture and solid mineral sectors development and job creation initiatives.
The diversification of the economy away from crude oil as a major foreign exchange earner is expected to guarantee future economic stability regardless of the price of oil at the international market.
Further, the federal government has also resolved to pump more liquidity into the economy to boost patronage of goods and services and cushion the harsh effect of the economic crisis.
The NGF also urged the states and the federal fovernment to treat the resurgence of polio in the country as a national emergency.
The communique tread by Yari said: “On the issues of polio resurgence, members resolved that this must be treated as a matter of national emergency
“Members agreed to activate the states task force on polio or the primary health care to be led by the Deputy governors.
“Governors are also committed to pay in their counterpart funding towards polio eradication.
“Also the governors reiterated their commitment to encourage the federal government to continue along the line to bring the country out of recession.
“On Lassa Fever, we are going to engage with the Minister of health so that urgent attention will be given to Lassa Fever.”


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