OrderPaperToday – The Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) has commended the World Bank for facilitating ongoing activities geared towards accelerating economic intervention programmes during the COVID-19 period.

The Forum also appreciated the Minister of Water Resources for its approach on water resource management which is for the national good, as they resolved that the proposed Bill and other relevant laws including the River Basins Development Authorities Act 2004; the Natural Water Resources Act 2004; and the Nigeria Hydrological Resources Act 2004 will be reviewed by their Attorneys General and Executive Councils of States after which a common position of States will be presented to the Ministry of Water Resources.

The NGF further clamoured for a more intensive session on economic management with the various States Commissioners of Finance and Budget and Planning so as to give support to the Presidential Economic Advisory Council.

The NGF decisions followed a meeting held on September 16, 2020 which deliberated on salient issues affecting the country especially the sub-national economies as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NGF chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi, who presided over the meeting stated that the Forum will be playing a strategic role in the forthcoming 26th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES 26) which, is designed to focus on the sub-nationals as the frontiers for economic growth and development in the country.

According to the chairman, “we will bring together local and global policy makers, business leaders, development partners and scholars to lead and participate in sessions that will focus on building strategic partnerships and cooperation between governments, business enterprises and the civil society.  At least 18 Governors will take part in physical and virtual high-level panel dialogues from 26th – 27th October 2020.

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