JUST IN: What President Buhari discussed with Governors in virtual meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the 36 state governors of the federation to work closely with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

Mr Buhari gave the directive on Monday at a virtual meeting with some members of the Nigeria Governors Forum.

The meeting had in attendance the NGF Chairman, Kayode Fayemi, as well as Governors Simon Lalong of Plateau, and Sokoto’s Aminu Tambuwal.

Other governors at the meeting include David Umahi (Ebonyi), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Babagana Zulum (Borno), and Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa).

Others at the meeting included his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, also attended the meeting.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari disclosed that the PTF had briefed him on the next steps in the national response to the pandemic.

He explained that working closely with the governors would bring better harmony in the daunting task of curbing the spread of the pandemic.

“I have directed that they work very closely with the Governors.

“The pandemic was beyond technology, power, and resources, countries that had all those, were recording the highest casualties round the world.

“We have to be very careful. We need to continue to educate and persuade the people to accept the reality of the situation, and do all that is necessary to stay safe,” the President added.

The meeting also discussed economic and security issues, among others, with the governors commending the President on the “leadership and direction” he has given the country in combating COVID-19.

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