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Published On: Wed, Dec 2nd, 2020

National security order update on SARS top governors’ meeting today

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The issue of a new national security order that will ensure safety of lives and property of the people nationwide will top the agenda as Governors of the 36 States of the Federation hold their 22nd teleconference meeting today.
Coming together under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, the States, the Governors will equally be receiving zonal updates on disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS and Internal security at their meeting.
Similarly, the NGF will also revisit the issue of CACOVID palliatives with updates on its current status’ in all the states.
A statement yesterday by the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, indicated that knotty issues like the Stamp Duty Collection, on which a letter has been despatched to the Attorney General of the Federation seeking clarification on whose responsibility it is to collect and who owns the revenue, will feature, as well as a response to the Water Resources Minister on the Water Resources Bill that has trended in the last couple of months.
The meeting, according to the statement, will start as usual at 2pm but governors will have virtual access to it from 1pm.
The statement by Okauru reads, “The 22nd NGF Teleconference meeting will hold tomorrow Wednesday 2nd December 2020 with Governors of the 36 states seeking to evolve a new national security order that will ensure safety of lives and property nationwide.
“As part of the effort, beginning at the subnational level, the Forum will be receiving zonal updates on SARS and Internal security at its Wednesday meeting.
“Similarly, the Forum will also revisit the issue of CACOVID palliatives with updates on its current status’ in all the states.
“Three groups will be making presentations, top of which will be a joint effort between the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele and the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasiru el-Rufai, discussing how to access Pension Funds for Infrastructure Development in the country.
“The resolutions and matters arising from the just concluded 26th NESG summit will also feature at the meeting, just as the last but not the least presentation of the day will dwell on the medium and long term national development agenda by the Core Working Group (CWG) of the Human Capital Development program of Nigeria.
“As usual knotty issues like the Stamp Duty Collection on which a letter has been despatched to the Attorney General of the Federation seeking clarification on whose responsibility it is to collect and who owns the revenue will feature, as well as a response to the Water Resources Minister on the Water Resources Bill that has trended in the last couple of months.
“The regular SFTAS update by Mr Ajogbasile of the NGF and the Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State’s Committee update on the activities of the Presidential Task Force will be preceded by an update on a meeting with ASUU and Conference of Legislators of Nigeria COSLAN.
“The meeting will start as usual at 2pm but governors have virtual access to it from 1pm”, the said.

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