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NGF organises induction programme for incoming governors

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NGF organises induction programme for incoming governors

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Abuja, April 27, 2019 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 in 2011.

He said that the objectives of the induction also included preparing the governors for the task of building bridges for effective leadership.

“Deepening the knowledge and skills of governors on the principles of governance and shaping their disposition and outlook to aligning with their work and motivation levels.

“Creating a platform that will enable governors to fully understand the philosophies, responsibilities, organisation, and cultural values, along with key processes of governance.

“Creating an opportunity for peer learning, promotion of global best practices and networking with national and global leaders.

“Exposing governors to relevant contemporary national priorities in critical sectors of the economy and driving consensus on opportunities to achieving desired outcomes,” he said.

Bello-Barkindo said that the programme, expected to be multilayered and interactive, would feature plenary presentations and discussions by key stakeholders with diverse experiences.

“This is aimed at generating conversation among the newly elected governors, respected national and international leaders, heads of national institutions and development partners, among others,” the spokesman said.

According to him, others expected to participate in the programme include current and past governors of Nigeria and the U.S., in order to afford participants to network with national and global leaders.

“It is expected that all the governors, at the end of their induction, will have their knowledge and skills honed on the nuances of governance to better equip them to hit the ground running.

“All governors would have established relationships with national and global leaders and have a better understanding of the tools and opportunities available to achieving their vision and their priorities,” he said.

He said that the NGF found it imperative to highlight the task before governors and support them to creating a workable framework that would aid them to achieving a smooth transition into their new administrations.

A new addition to the programme, according to Bello-Barkindo, is a day summit for the governors’ spouses, designed to be an introduction to public life for the partners of newly elected and existing governors.

He also explained said that the one-day summit was designed to build the capacity of the governors’ spouses to develop and utilise their platforms to tackle critical issues affecting their states, with specific focus on social intervention.

“It is expected that this event will bring about an avenue to discuss how the activities of the governors’ spouses can best compliment the roles of the governors in promoting good governance at the sub-national level.

“This summit is also envisaged to harness and promote best practices in the execution of pet projects,” Bello-Barkindo added.

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NGF to engage AGF on financial autonomy for states’ judiciary, legislature

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has said that its Legal Committee would engage the Attorney- General of the Federation to reflect on the implications of the recently passed Executive Order 10, 2020 on governance at the sub-national level.

The forum disclosed this in a communiqué signed by its Chairman and Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, issued to mewsmen on Thursday in Abuja, after its 9th COVID-19 teleconference meeting held on Wednesday.

The NGF Legal Committee, according to the communiqué, comprises the governors of Sokoto State Plateau and Ondo State.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday signed into law an executive order, granting financial autonomy to the legislative and judicial arms across the 36 states of the country.

The order also mandated the Accountant-General of the Federation to deduct from source, amount due to state legislatures and judiciaries from the monthly allocation to each state for states that refuse to grant such autonomy.

It stated that the governors also at the meeting deliberated on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The governors also resolved to interface with the Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, to incorporate the contributions of state governments in the Economic Sustainability Plan as a national response to the COVID-19 crisis.

This, according to the communiqué, will be done through the NEC Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee on COVID-19 comprising the governors of Kaduna State as chairman, with governors of Kebbi, Ebonyi, Ogun, Nasarawa State, Edo and Jigawa as members.

It noted that the NGF chairman briefed the governors on coordination activities with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, multilateral and bilateral partners and the private sector through the Coalition Against COVID-19 that were targeted at improving the COVID-19 response of the state governments.

It added that the governors also received brief from Ebrima Faal, Senior Director of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Nigeria on the one billion dollar COVID-19 crisis facility and update from Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director of Aliko Dangote Foundation on activities of the coalition.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum thereafter resolved to
“interface with the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, on the billion COVID-19 crisis facility approved for the country at the request of the Federal Government by the AfDB, to embark on the delivery of projects that will meet the needs of Nigerians in health emergency assistance, agriculture and food security, among others.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Kayode Olaitan (NAN)

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NGF lauds FG for deploying more security personnel to region

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The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has commanded the Federal Government for deploying more security personnel to tackle banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and other crimes in the region.

NGF Chairman and Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, made the commendation on Wednesday in Jos, after the Fourth teleconference meeting of  the forum.

The chairman in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for granting their request for the deployment of more security personnel to the region.

Lalong said the gesture would help in addressing crimes in the region, which was threatening livelihoods and preventing farmers from going to their farms.

He said the meeting was to review the region’s COVID-19 response and to deliberate on other matters relating to its progress and development.

Lalong said the forum had recorded progress in the profiling and evacuation of Quaranic education students (Almajiria) to their home states, while adhering to designed protocols for their reintegration into the society.

He explained that members of the forum resolved to continue with the exercise, by strictly following laid down protocols for profiling, quarantining, testing, transportation and reuniting the students with their families.

He said they were working toward actualising their decision to purchase COVID-19 Mobile Testing Vans, which had already been ordered, to increase the number of COVID-19 tests in the region, especially in the rural areas.

The NGF chairman expressed concerns over the flouting of interstate boundary restrictions including,  illegal routes to enter states, in spite of several measures taken, including Presidential Orders.

The forum vowed to continue to take further measures to protect its people, including the deployment of members of their cabinets and civil servants where necessary.

The chairman appealed to the federal government for more support to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, saying the Northern region now had about 54 per cent of the national cases and 70 per cent of new infections.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

 

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NGF urges NASS to stepdown proposed Control of Infectious Diseases Bill

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has urged the National Assembly to stepdown the proposed Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020, pending wider consultations.

The News Agency  of Nigeria reports that the Bill was introduced by the House of Representatives.

Reacting to the development, the NGF advised the lawmakers to stay action until an appropriate consultative process was held.

The 36 states governors made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the forum’s 8th teleconference meeting held on Wednesday on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The communiqué, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, was signed by the Forum Chairman and Governor of Ekiti , Dr Kayode Fayemi.

“Following an update from the Governor of Sokoto State and NGF Vice Chairman, Aminu Tambuwal, on the proposed bill, the governors raised concern over the lack of consultation with state governments who were at the forefront of the pandemic.

“The forum resolved that the bill should be stepped down until an appropriate consultative process is held, including a public hearing to gather public opinion and concerns.

“In the light of this, the forum established a Committee, comprising the governors of Katsina, Sokoto and Plateau to lead a consultative meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly on the proposed bill.

“The NGF Secretariat was also mandated to comprehensively review the bill and its implication on states,” it stated.

The forum also expressed concerns over the rising number of Coronavirus cases in the country which reached 4,787 as at May 12, based on an update from the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19.

The governors noted that the worrying trend urgently called for additional measures by state governors to ramp up capacity for testing and increase the availability of isolation beds to at least 300 per state.

They added that the trend also called for measures by governors to accelerate the procurement of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and training for health workers, as well as the continued enforcement of interstate restriction of movement.

The NGF noted that in line with the commitment made by the forum to intensify public-private collaboration for the delivery of palliatives from the private sector, they were making warehouses available for the delivery of palliatives.

The forum noted that the governors had appointed state coordinators who would be responsible for the receipt and distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons.

It stated that the governors were briefed  by the Forum Chairman on existing coordination activities with the PTF on COVID-19, multilateral and bilateral partners, and the private sector through the Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID).

It disclosed that the forum was coordinating an additional response with the support of the Dangote Foundation to set up a volunteer workforce of health personnel who would be trained and deployed to strengthen the availability of health workers for states in critical need.

The volunteer work force, according to the forum, is in addition to ongoing activities aimed at strengthening the public health response and the delivery of palliatives to vulnerable persons.

It disclosed that the governors set up two committees to interface with the Federal Government on the next Medium-term National Development Plan, as well to steer the activities of the NGFNESG Economic Roundtable (NNER), respectively.

The forum said that it had followed with interest, the development of the 12-month Economic Sustainability Plan by the federal government, which was designed to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

“In the spirit of developing a truly coordinated national response to the crisis, governors expressed the importance of greater consultation and collaboration between the federal and state governments on development planning.

“A Committee was consequently set up to interface with the federal government on the next Medium-term National Development Plan.

“The committee is made up of the Governors of Bauchi, Plateau, Kebbi, Akwa Ibom, Abia and Ekiti.

“A second committee comprising the governors of Gombe, Nasarawa, Delta, Ebonyi, Oyo and Kaduna states was established to steer the activities of the NGFNESG Economic Roundtable (NNER).”

NNER is a sub-national platform of the NGF and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, created to promote sub-national competitiveness through public-private collaboration.

“The Forum received a briefing from the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, on the Oil and Gas Industry Intervention Initiative on COVID-19.

“The initiative is set up by oil and gas operators to provide medical consumables to states, deploy logistics and in-patient support systems, and deliver permanent medical infrastructure across the six geopolitical zones.

“Governors commended NNPC for leading the industry to take the initiative and advised the group to prioritise interventions that will boost the country’s testing capacity and the capacity of health workers who are at the frontline of the epidemic,” it further stated.

The state governors agreed to take additional measures to strengthen their public financial management systems, including a revision of their 2020 budgets and the amendment of state procurement guidelines to support e-procurement and the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises.

This, according the the them, followed an update from the Governor of Edo, Godwin Obaseki, on the operation of the World Bank States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) project which was supporting a strong pro-poor fiscal response to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It added that to fast-track the deployment of e-procurement across states, the forum would be adopting a Software as a Service (SaaS) model with the Kaduna state government providing the framework agreement that other states could leverage on.

The governors noted the rising trend of deductions from revenues accruals to the federation account, available for distribution to the three tiers of government, and the threat it posed on the fiscal capacity of states to respond to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Members also raised concern about the ownership and distribution of proceeds from recovered looted funds and accounts or investments funded as first line charge from the federation account.

“The forum agreed to engage with the federal government to ensure that the governance arrangement of all federation-funded investments, recognise state governments as shareholders in the distribution of proceeds and decision making,” it stated.

The forum congratulated the newly appointed Chief of Staff  (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and looked  forward to a fruitful partnership that would support the development of the country.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Typhoon Vongfong makes landfall in central Philippines

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Typhoon Vongfong tore off roofs and shook trees as it made landfall in central Philippines’ Eastern Samar province at 12:15 p.m. local time on Thursday, authorities said.

Vongfong is the first typhoon to batter the Philippines this year as the country grapples with the fallout of COVID-19 pandemic.

The typhoon unleashed winds of 155 km per hour with a gust of up to 190 km per hour, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said in its bulletin at 2:00 p.m. local time.

“The eyewall of (the) typhoon Vongfong is bringing violent winds and heavy to intense rains over the northern portion of Eastern Samar. The northern portion of Samar province and the southern portion of Northern Samar will be affected by the eyewall in the coming hours,” the state weather bureau warned.

According to the bureau, Vongfong will dump “heavy to intense rains” later on Thursday over Samar provinces, and the provinces of Masbate, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes in the Bicol region in the main island of Luzon.

The bureau further warned of possible flooding and rain-induced landslides in highly to very highly susceptible areas during a heavy or prolonged rainfall.

Moreover, the bureau warned the residents of coastal towns of a possible storm surge of up to four meters high within 24 hours.

“Along with large swells, this storm surge may cause potentially life-threatening coastal inundation,” the bureau further warned, adding that “sea travel is risky for all types of seacrafts.”

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it will continue strictly enforce quarantine guidelines in the typhoon-affected areas as the country is now under quarantine to stem the spread of the virus.

“(The PNP) will remain resolute and ready for disaster preparedness and response operations to protect lives and properties from the typhoon as it continues to defend our citizens from COVID-19,” PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac said in a statement.

There were no reports of damage or injuries caused by the typhoon so far.

More than 20 typhoons and tropical storms batter the Philippines each year. Aside from typhoons, the archipelago has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world mainly due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire and Pacific typhoon belt. Landslides and flash floods are common across the country during the rainy season, especially when typhoon hits.

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NGF meets Wednesday on quick way out of COVID-19 effects

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum says it will meet on Wednesday to review the situation of COVID-19 pandemic in various states, and as well find paths for a quick way out of the effects of the pandemic.

The forum made this known in a statement by Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, NGF Head, Media and Public Affairs, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Bello-Barkindo said issues to be discussed at the 8th teleconference meeting, according to the invitation sent from the NGF Director-General, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, include update from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He also listed a new initiative codenamed CACOVID-Volunteer Health Workers Support Scheme to States, including a consideration for a CACOVID– Healthcare Training Proposal, among others.

Bello-Barkindo said: “The state governors will also take a peek into the CACOVID distribution of palliatives and also receive a feedback from the states.

“It is expected to get an update on the lockdown and see whether or not the palliatives have made any impact on the citizenry.

“The governors will also discuss the NCDC Bill 2020, among other matters, apart from taking a critical look at the nation’s economic sustainability plan, and post COVID-19.”

He said that the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, is expected to join the meeting scheduled to start by 2.00p.m to discuss the intervention and coordination efforts of the NNPC since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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NGF condoles with Gov. Masari over loss of mother-in-law

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The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has commiserated with Gov. Bello Masari of Katsina State, over the passing of his mother-in-law, Hajiya Fatima Maude at the age of 72 years.

In a condolence message on Tuesday, Chairman of the forum, Simon Lalong, who is also the Plateau governor, described her death as painful.

In the message which was signed by Dr Makut Macham, his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Lalong also condoled with Masari’s second wife Hajiya Zakiyya Aminu, saying that her mother would be remembered for her sacrifices to her family and her community.

The NGF chairman said the deceased trained her children in good morals and inculcated in them the virtues of godliness, piety, and service.

While praying for her soul to rest in peace, the Plateau governor also asked God to forgive her sins.

Lalong also commiserated with the government and people of Nasarawa state, over the death of a member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Suleiman Adamu, who represented Nasarawa Central constituency.

He described as sad, the COVID-19 related passing of the lawmaker, saying he devoted his life to ensuring legislations for good governance of the state and the development of his constituency in particular.

He advised Nasarawa people to take solace that the deceased dedicated his life serving people at the grassroots.

In a related development, NGF has described the death of the Emir of Kaura Namoda in Zamfara State, Alh. Muhammad Ahmad Asha as a shock to the nation.

It described the death of the 71-year-old emir as a sad event and a great loss to the emirate and the state, noting that he contributed toward peace in Zamfara.

He said the deceased made intellectual contributions to the development of the country during his days as an accountant and auditor.

Lalong prayed to God to give the family the fortitude to bear the loss and grant his soul eternal rest.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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NGF mourns loss of minister’s mother, ex-Governor’s father

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The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has commiserated with the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu over the death of his mother, Hajiya Fatima Adamu Baaba.

Similarly, the Forum commiserated with former Governor of Borno State , Ali Modu Sheriff over the loss of his father, Alhaji Modu Sheriff, the Galadima of Borno Emirate.

The chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, issued the condolence message in a statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Saturday in Jos.

Lalong described their deaths as a loss not only to their families but to the nation.

He described the life and times of Hajiya Fatima, who died at the age 109, as a life well spent in the service of humanity.

“Hajiya Fatima lived an exemplary life that created the right environment for her immediate children and others within the community to be raised with values that have enabled them to achieve great heights,” he said.

Lalong condoled with her six children, including the Minister of Education and people of Bauchi State over the loss.

Similarly, the chairman described in the father of former governor of Borno, as a traditional ruler who served his people with dignity, love and courage, which endeared him to them.

He condoled the governor of the state, Babagana Zullum, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin El-Kanem and his Council as well as the entire people of the state over the loss of the traditional leader.

Lalong said the forum also commiserates with President Muhammadu Buhari, whose daughter, Halima, is daughter-in-law to the Late Alhaji Modu Sheriff, the Galadima of Borno.

He prayed for God to grant all the families the fortitude to bear the losses.

 

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)

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COVID-19: Governors working to improve operational efficiency to combat pandemic – NGF

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) said efforts have been intensified to improve logistical and operational efficiency for sample collection from people infected with 

Coronavirus.

The governors, made this known in a communiqué

issued at the end of the Forum’s 5th tele-conference held on Wednesday.

The communiqué 

was

signed by NGF Chairman,  Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Thursday in Abuja.

 

“Most States have established COVID-19 hotlines and will ensure that emergency services are integrated into the operations of their Task Force on COVID-19,” Fayemi said.

He said that the forum received briefing from the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu and the Director -General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, on activities of the PTF.

The briefing, he said ,include the current partnership with the Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to support States’ response to the pandemic through the delivery of essential health equipment and the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons.

“Governors are working to improve their logistical and operational efficiency for sample collection and care.

“Most states have established COVID-19 hotlines and will ensure that emergency services are integrated into the operations of their Task Force on COVID-19.

“Infection prevention and control committees will also be set up in States to support the role of health workers who are at the frontline of the pandemic.”

The governors,according to the communique ,commended the Presidential Task Force and NCDC for ramping up the country’s testing and contact-tracing capacity during the two-week period of lockdown in many parts of the country.

Fayemi called for collaboration with states who are the primary stakeholders of the COVID-19 response.

He said that the governors commended the 

CACOVID 

group for their commitment and collaboration on the COVID-19 response.

 

The commendation,according to the communique

 ,followed a briefing from the CACOVID led by Messrs. Aliko Dangote and Herbert Nwigwe and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, on the delivery of healthcare equipment and distribution of palliatives to the most vulnerable persons across states.

“Finally, Governors recognised the importance of ensuring the continuous existence of businesses during the lockdown and will take necessary measures to support same.”

Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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COVID-19: Fayemi urges governors, aides at NGF meeting to go for test

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The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has

 implored his fellow Governors and all those who

attended the Wednesday, March 18 NGF meetings to go for test.

Fayemi, who is currently on self-isolation and awaiting his COVID -19 test result, gave the advice in a statement issued by A

bdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, Head, Media and Public Affairs of NGF

 Secretariat

, in Abuja on Wednesday

Fayemi implored his fellow Governors and all those who

attended the Wednesday March 18 meetings and other subsequent meetings to

tread on the path of caution and do everything necessary to test for the virus and self-isolate.

 

These, according to him, include the

personal aides of those governors, so as to ensure that the spread of the disease remains at its lowest in the country.

“In the same vein, he calls upon all Nigerians who attended functions, at which at least one person was positively identified with COVID – 19, to immediately self-isolate and come forward to the NCDC for identification and to do tests.

“Hiding from the public and self treatment, places the entire public at risk. We should all do our part to stop the spread of this highly infectious disease.

“COVID -19 virus infection is treatable. The earlier it is identified the better.

“The Chairman wishes all persons with COVID-19 in Nigeria and worldwide, full recovery. For all those who lost their lives, may their souls Rest In Peace.”

Fayemi said that test became imperative after having attended a series of meetings with a few individuals who have tested positive with COVID -19.

He chaired the Forum’s meeting held on March 18 and also addressed an audience that attended an exclusive breakfast meeting between governors and the World Bank the following day, Thursday March 19.

In both instances, there were persons in attendance, who eventually turned out to be positive carriers of the Coronavirus.

Subsequently, the NGF Chairman attended the National Economic Council meeting and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors meeting, all of which involved same or other persons positively identified with the COVID-19 virus.

In a tweet on Wednesday morning the Chairman said, “I just took a Covid 19 test, having gone into self-isolation since yesterday evening.

“I’m asymptomatic and feel well, but I was in meetings with two people who had since tested positive. I look forward to an all clear and have encouraged all my colleagues to take the test. JKF”.

The NGF Chairman has been in the forefront of the advocacy for strict adherence to the protocols that help mitigate the spread of the novel virus.

He has advised all staff of the NGF and their families, particularly those whose duties included secretarial services at the meetings, to self-isolate.

Fayemi said this should be done in accordance with the existing procedure and regulations already outlined to ensure public safety and to try whenever or wherever possible to get tested.

The governor urged all Nigerians to heed the stay at home order by the government unless on essential duty. 

Edited By: Felix Ajide
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