- Commend Buhari for ‘efficiently managing Nigeria’s economy’
By Godwin Amunde
The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), an umbrella body of elected governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has applauded the Federal Government over the country’s certification by the World Health Organization (WHO) as polio free country.
The Forum also restated its commitment to continue to work with the federal government for the eradication of all communicable diseases.
This was part of resolution of the emergency teleconference of the PGF held on Sunday, September 6th, 2020.
Kebbi State governor and chairman of the PGF, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu in a statement said the Forum “Applauds Nigeria’s certification by World Health Organisation (WHO) as a polio-free country and restate the commitment of all Progressive Governors to continue to work with Federal Government for the eradication of all communicable diseases in the country.”
The statement further commended the recent judgement of Justice Rose Cranston of the Royal Courts of Justice Strand, London which ordered a stay of execution of penalty against Nigeria in respect of the $9.6 billion Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) debt judgement.
“We commend the Federal Government for successfully getting the UK Commercial Court to order stay of execution, which also suspends any penalty against Nigeria in respect of the $9.6 billion Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) debt judgement against Nigeria.
The ruling, which was given by presiding judge Rose Cranston of the Royal Courts of Justice Strand, London is a victory for all Nigerians. Progressive Governors in particular commend Nigeria’s legal team led by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, (SAN).”
The PGF chairman noted that the revival of the railways, the second Niger Bridge and move to resuscitate the moribund Ajaokuta Steel are indicators of efficient management of the economy.
“In addition, the forum also commends President Muhammadu Buhari for efficiently managing Nigeria’s economy, which has led to giant strides in the execution of major national projects that include the revival of railways, the 2nd Niger Bridge, Ajaokuta Steel, road projects across all parts of the country, among many others.
“The efficient management of the economy has strengthened the capacity of the Federal Government to control the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We congratulate the Federal Government for the re-election of Dr Femi Adesina as President of the African Development Bank for the second term.
“The Forum also notes with much appreciation and commendation to the Federal Government’s nomination of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Eweala for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.
“Finally, we commend President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up the APC, Executive and Legislative Tripartite Consultative Committee under the Chairmanship of Vice President, Prof. Yomi Osinbajo.
“This is a welcome innovation to enhance the capacity of APC to resolve all our political challenges and therefore develop our democracy.
“Forum members unanimously re-affirm commitment to continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government, APC and all our party leaders to expedite delivery of all our electoral promises to Nigerians,” he said.