*Laud VP’s leadership of National Economic Council, NEC
*To scale-up collaboration between FG, states amidst plan to rejuvenate economy
State Governors, as members of the National Economic Council, NEC, have expressed satisfaction with the way the Buhari presidency have been working with state governments in the management of the national economy, including the transparent leadership style of the Council chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Indeed the Governors at the end of the December NEC meeting earlier today gave a standing ovation, while a representative of the Governors, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, at the press briefing publicly expressed the gratitude of the Council members.
Regarding how the Buhari presidency has been relating with States through NEC, Governor Rufai said “the level of transparency that has been demonstrated by the FG and the Vice President as Chair of this Council has never been demonstrated in this villa.”
Just before the Council meeting ended, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State moved a motion for the standing ovation which was unanimously supported as all members of the Council stood up and applauded.
Speaking earlier while summarizing some of the conclusions of the End- of-Year-Review meeting of the NEC, the Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo had noted that there is a greater need for more collaboration between the Federal Government and the States.
The members also commended the leadership style of the Vice President in piloting the affairs of National Economic Council.
They praised both the President and his VP for displaying an uncommon leadership, which has seen the governors contributing more significantly under this administration.
The 73rd meeting of NEC focussed on a comprehensive review of key policy actions undertaken by the States and Federal Government to address the economic challenges facing the nation.
Other highlights of the NEC meeting are as follows:
A. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE END-OF-YEAR REVIEW MEETING
B. PRESENTATION ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER FOR BUDGET AND NATIONAL PLANNING
C. PRESENTATION ON FISCAL ROADMAP 2017 BY HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE
PRESENTATION BY GOVERNORS:
A. DOING MORE WITH LESS: BY KADUNA STATE GOVERNOR
B. GROWTH ENABLING MONETARY AND FISCAL POLICIES AND EFFECTIVE DEBT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES BY LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR, DELIVERED BY LAGOS STATE DEPUTY GOVERNOR
A. ADDRESSING INCLUSION THROUGH EMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION BY ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNOR, DELIVERED BY ANAMBRA STATE DEPUTY GOVERNOR
B. GROWTH IN THE MIDST OF SCARCITY BY GOVERNOR OF KEBBI STATE
A RECAP OF OTHER DECISIONS
- There is greater need for collaboration between the Federal Government and States going forward.
- Governors expressed concern on the Niger Delta situation as it affects oil production and Federal & States’ revenue, offering to play a more active role in the resolution. The Vice President responded that the Federal Government is willing and will work with the Governors Forum to ensure that this is done on the platform of NEC.
- Council expressed condolence and sympathies with the government of Akwa Ibom, over the building collapse tragedy, and the states of Adamawa and Borno on the recent terrorist attacks, all incidents occasioning loss of lives in the three states.
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