The Nigeria Governors Forum has asked the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed,to seek additional assistance for states in other to deal with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chairman of the forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi, alongside his Imo and Adamawa State counterparts, Senator Hope Uzodinma and Umaru Fintiri respectively, and 20 other governors who joined via zoom, held a meeting with the deputy scribe of the UN, in Abuja.
A statement released on Tuesday, quoted the Ekiti State governor and his colleagues as making a strong case for additional help.
The Deputy Secretary General of the UN visited the NGF Secretariat as part of her tour of some West African States including Ghana, Sierra Leone, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
Fayemi said the NGF took steps to ameliorate the impact of the pandemic on Nigerians at the sub-national level.
He was quoted as saying that, “As a responsive group, we worked collaboratively, co-opting ideas and welcoming support from critical stakeholders including partners and the private sector.
“At the wake of the pandemic, we worked with the Federal Government to ensure the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Presidential Task Force, National Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development got all the support it required in delivering swift containment measures.”
“At the National Economic Council (NEC) level, we developed a COVID-19 response plan encompassing health, economic and socio-economic, immediate to medium term measures needed to combat the virus and its impact.”
He further explained that the period was one to turn adversity into opportunity.
The Ekiti State governor also said, “at the subnational level, we set up intervention funds, social investment programmes, distributed palliatives, launched tax incentive programmes to protect and support livelihoods as well as businesses.