By ISRAEL LAR
President Muhammadu Buhari has implored state governments in the country to double effort towards the anti-corruption battle of the Federal Government, adding that his administration would continue to focus on transport, health, education, humanitarian and disaster management.
The President stated this on Monday at the third FG-Progressive Governors Forum Parley on Policy Synergy to strengthen public sector delivery held at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos.
The President who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha said for the insecurity that has remained a big challenge in the country, the Federal Government was determined to subdue the challenges and secure the country more than ever before, stressing that the primary responsibility of government was to protect the lives of its citizens.
“I view this parley as a reflection of the collective commitment and determination of the federal, state and local governments to work harmoniously towards finding solutions to the development challenges facing the country”, he said.
Buhari used the occasion to commend the contributions of the Progressive Governors Forum Parley at sub-national levels to the socio-economic, cultural and political development of the nation.
In his remarks at the parley, Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, and Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Bagudu Atiku said the forum was desirous of creating a distinct mark across the state of the federation, stressing that each state has its endowment.
Badugu called on his colleagues to depend on federal allocations, and however disclosed that over N23billion was spent by states of the federation on victims of flood disaster, including the insecurity in Plateau State.
He commended the Federal Government for its intervention to states in all strata, particularly in rice production, livestock production among others.
All Progressives Congress Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole while urging APC governors to not only key into the payment of the National Minimum Wage, including the adjustment made, said they should fashion a way for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
Comrade Oshiomhole while showering praises on Plateau State for its God given endowment, called for more support to the Governor Simon Bako Lalong led administration in the state, saying he has made commendable effort in not only returning peace to the state, but has been paying salaries of civil servants as at when due.
Our Correspondent reports that Governor Simon Bako Lalong had while welcoming participants to the parley said they should come up with practical and effective ways on how to tackle insecurity, especially, insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, farmers-herders clashes, ethno-religious crises and other violent conflicts in the country.
Governor Lalong called on the meeting to resolve how best to work with the federal and local governments systems to ensure the protection of the citizens among other topical issues.
THE NIGERIA STANDARD reports that the parley is expected to come out with an understanding on required actions needed to institute new framework of stronger programmatic relations with the Federal Government.