The Secretariat of the Nigeria Governors Forum will partner with the British High Commission, the Boston Consulting Group and Federal Government to fastract the realization of Accelerated C-19 Economic Support (ACES), programme which is aimed at supporting Nigerias response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti state Dr. Kayode Fayemi made this known after a presentation from the British Deputy High Commissioner Ben Llewellyn-Jones in a teleconference meeting in Abuja.
Dr. Fayemi explained that the programme would enhance trade facilitation through e-customs and boost digital jobs and economy to accelerate the creation of local tech jobs in the country in line with World Trade Organization facilitation agreement.
“The current focus of the ACES programme in Nigeria is trade facilitation through e-customs and digital jobs booster to activate the digital economy and accelerate the creation of local tech jobs in the country. Nigeria will be able to achieve the objectives of the e-customs programme with a broader cross-agency scope of reform including fulfilling its Word Trade Organisation (WTO) trade facilitation agreement. He explained.
The Forums COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group CTAG, led by Professor Oyewale Tomori briefed Governors on the status of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out across the States including the increasing concerns of the public on the safety of Asta Zeneca vaccines and recommended that Nigeria should continue to vaccinate all eligible persons with the AstraZeneca vaccine in line with the latest World Health Organization recommendations.
Governors reiterated their belief in the safety of the Astra Zeneca vaccines and commit to continuously encourage uptake of the vaccines by all eligible persons in their States, and encourage the public to report any adverse events noticed following COVID-19 vaccination.
The Deputy Governor of Nassarawa state Mr.Emmanuel Akabe briefed the Forum on the activities of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) which was set up to accelerate economic growth and lift over 100 million people out of poverty by 2030 and recommended the development of a poverty and growth strategy for the country to focus on macroeconomic stabilization, redistribution, structural transformation, and industrialization which is to be overseen by the National Economic Council with one governor from the six (6) geopolitical zones in the country.
On the States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) the NGF HelpDesk and the Programme Manager, Mr. Olanrewaju Ajogbasile reported that an Independent Verification Agency has begun preparatory activities for the validation of the 2020 States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Annual Performance Assessment.
After another presentation by the Director-General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, Rtd. Gen. Buba Marwa on Managing the Drug Crisis in the country, State governors expressed the commitment to support the logistics and operational activities of the Agency in their States and programmes that will promote drug use prevention in the country.