The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has rejected the Water Resources Bill because it says the bill violates the Nigerian Constitution.
Governor Kayode Fayemi, the chairman of the Forum, requested that the Bill be revised to take into account the concerns of all states in a statement released following the group’s meeting on Tuesday.
Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, the minister of agriculture and rural development, gave presentations at the forum on the Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (LPRES), a six-year, 500 million dollar World Bank program, according to Mr. Fayemi.
The program aims to increase the selected Nigerian livestock production systems’ productivity, commercialization, and resilience.
The governors, according to Mr. Fayemi, unanimously decided to lead the program in their states.
He claimed that this was especially true in areas like building institutional and innovation systems, enhancing the livestock value chain, crisis prevention and conflict reduction, and project coordination.
The draft Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper for the years 2023 to 2025, he continued, had been given by Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning Zainab Ahmed (FSP).
According to Mr. Fayemi, the presentation was a step in the consultation process used to create the federal government’s fiscal strategy.
In order to assist States in preparing their Economic and Fiscal Update (EFU), FSP, and Budget Policy Statement, it was also necessary to communicate pertinent macroeconomic and fiscal assumptions (BPS).
“Following the presentation, governors had a robust discussion with priority given to the government’s response to the fallouts of the Russia-Ukraine war (including inflation and the rising food and nutrition crises).
“The continued impact of the petrol subsidy on the fiscal headroom of governments, implications of NNPC’s new transition on federation revenues.
“The widening divergence between the official and parallel market rate of the dollar on the currency,” he said.
Fayemi reported that Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, the President’s Special Advisor on Ease of Doing Business, also gave a presentation on the State Action on Business Enabling Reforms (SABER) program.
The Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP), the Home Finance Department (HFD), and the NGF Secretariat provided assistance in the creation of SABER, a three-year performance-based intervention.
This was done to strengthen and encourage the adoption of business-enabling changes throughout Nigeria.
Technically, State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability was replaced by SABER (SFTAS).
“In line with the objectives of the programme, the forum endorsed the programme and committed to set up an Ad-hoc Committee to steer the implementation of the programme in all States of the Federation.
“In furtherance to meeting the goals of the Seattle Declaration, the forum committed to mobilising their state and local government teams for the PHC Leadership Challenge.
“Specific commitments include that Primary Healthcare (PHC) performance will be addressed at the state executive council level, governors will conduct visits to PHC facilities.
“Governors will hold meetings with traditional leaders to discuss PHC, deputy governors will chair PHC task forces, while State committees will be set up on food and nutrition,” he said.
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According to Mr. Fayemi, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health, spoke at the forum about the Global Fund assistance available to state governments for the renovation of primary healthcare facilities, state healthcare facilities, ambulance services, and drug management support in states.
He claimed that the governors decided to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Health to implement the project after that.
Mr. Fayemi added that the conference heard a presentation on the Primary Health Care Leadership Challenge Fund from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The Primary Health Care and Human Capital Development Roundtable, which was convened by Mr. Bill Gates, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the roundtable’s co-chair, and the NGF in November 2019, produced the fund.
“The Seattle Declaration sets out a series of commitments for State governments including the implementation of Primary Health Care Under One Roof, a costed Minimum Service Package tailored to States.
“State Basic Health Care Provision Fund requirements, improved financing for PHC as per the Abuja Commitment;
“Review of State PHC performances in State Executive Councils, State Task Force on PHC chaired by the Deputy Governors, and the engagement of traditional and religious leaders on PHC,” he said.