The Nigeria Governors` Forum (NGF) says it will meet with Finance Ministry and National Assembly over the revised proposed pipeline projects under the Medium Term External Borrowing Plan of 012 to 2014. This is contained in a communiqu? issued at the end of the forum’s meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
Governor of River State Chibuike Amaechi who is the chairman of the forum while reading the communiqu? said the decision was to enable the forum deliberate further with the ministry and the legislature. The forum, which comprised the 36 elected governors, also carried out an end of year review of its polio eradication initiative across the states of the federation.
It noted changes in the demography of incidences and resolved that states should put necessary incentives to motivate vaccinators for better performance and better information sharing mechanism of good practices across states and emphasised the centrality of routine immunisation as a sustainable means of eradicating polio in the country. It also stressed the need to engage stakeholders from local communities in the campaign against the dreaded virus.
The Minister of State for Finance, Dr Yerima Ngama and some state Commissioners for Finance had defended their request for external loan of 7.9 billion dollars before the senate.
The loan, named Medium-Term External Borrowing Plan (Revised), which spans from 012 to 2014, is expected to be used for the execution of specific development projects.
Some governors at today?s meeting described it as `fruitful? and a way to clear some issues associated with the Medium-Term External Borrowing Plan.
Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra, who spoke with newsmen at the end of the meeting, said that borrowing for development purposes was right. He said that it was wrong when borrowing was undertaken for consumption.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of the Ekiti said that the Medium-Term External Borrowing Plan was in stages, adding that the Ministry of Finance and other relevant bodies had cleared some issues relating to it. “ The National Assembly had been seating on this and some issues had come up and that is what we are trying to clear,?? he said.
Other governors in attendance include that of Abia, Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Borno, Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kogi, Niger, Ondo, Adamawa, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti and Yobe.