Buhari, Progressive Governors Forum to parley on security, others
President Muhammadu Buhari will parley 19 members of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) to strengthen internal security in the country.
Participants at the parley billed to hold on Monday, November 25, in Jos, Plateau State, will also deliberate on four other key policy issues: education, transport, health and social investment.
Accordingly, Minister of Internal Affairs, Rauf Aregbesola, and his counterparts –Rotimi Amaechi (Transport), Adamu Adamu (Education), Olorunnimbe Mamora (State, Health) and Sadiya Farouk (Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management) – will take part in the deliberation.
Director General of PGF, Mr. Salihu Lukman, disclosed that principal officers of National Assembly, including the Senate president, Ahmed Lawan; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, as well as APC legislators would be in attendance at the parley.
Other participants are the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman, director of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), executive secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), executive secretary of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) and many other government functionaries invited from the 19 APC-controlled states.
Some agencies under the above ministries will join the ministers to highlight priority issues to be considered as components of the common service delivery framework for councils in all APC states.
According to Lukman, the theme of the parley, ‘Strengthening Public Service Delivery’, is aimed at facilitating the development of a common framework for councils, effective oversight from states and synergy with the Federal Government to reposition the councils for excellent public service delivery, to achieve the fundamental goals of local governance.
At the end of the parley, some understanding is expected to emerge on actions needed to institute common service delivery framework for councils, which will influence programmatic relations between the Federal Government and APC states to strengthen local governance.
Some new initiatives that APC states can act upon towards instituting new efficient management models would also emerge for the Forum’s consideration and approval.
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