COVID-19: NGF to hold weekly teleconference meetings for regular updates. By Saheed Badmus 


COVID-19: NGF to hold weekly teleconference meetings for regular updates.

…wants stronger collaboration to strenghten preventive measures.

…keen on seamless movement of essential commodities.

The thirty-six States’ Governors under the eagis of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) have resolved to hold weekly Teleconference Meetings to receive regular updates from all States and maintain a coordinated response to the pandemic.

The Chairman of the Forum Dr Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State stated this in a communique issued at the end of the 1ST Teleconference Meeting of The Nigeria Governors’ Forum country Held On Sunday, 29th March, 2020 deliberate on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The Chairman of the Forum said Governors have reiterated the need for stronger collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and State Ministries of Health to strengthen preventive measures and the health response to the pandemic.

“To strengthen private sector-led support for the COVID-19 pandemic, the NGF Secretariat will serve as the coordination mechanism by tracking the COVID-19 essential needs of all States including equipment for contact tracing/sample collection, diagnosis and treatment. The NGF Secretariat has worked with the National Economic Council Ad-Hoc Committee on COVID-19 to examine the impact of the pandemic on both the federal and State governments and has recommended a set of actions to manage the crisis”. Governor Fayemi noted.

The Governors in their resolutions also committed themselves to ensuring that there is seamless movement of essential commodities throughout the country during this period of the lockdown.

According to the communique, the NGF through its Secretariat would develop a protocol for the movement of essential services and share with all State governments.

Earlier, the NGF Chairman during the Teleconference meeting had briefed State Governors on various State-level coordination with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the private sector through the Food, Beverages and Pharmaceuticals Association led by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), as well as the MTN Foundation and the Donor Group led by Messrs. Aliko Dangote and Herbert Wigwe.

“The Governors also received an update from the Honourable Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, on the federal government’s efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as well as plans to increase the capacity of States to improve testing and care for COVID-19 cases” Governor Fayemi added.

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