The retreat is being hosted in Sokoto.
The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, is to hold a retreat for the 36 state governors on accountability.
The Director General of the forum’s Secretariat, Asishana Okauru, made this known on Thursday in Sokoto.
He said the two-day retreat, which would be held in Sokoto between November 15 and 16, would be hosted by the Sokoto State Government.
He also said that the retreat was expected to be attended by governors of all 36 states of the federation.
Mr. Okauru stressed that invitation for the event had been sent to all the governors, adding that President Goodluck Jonathan was also expected to grace the event.
He said that the retreat was planned to further encourage good governance and accountability at the sub-national level.
“The retreat will focus on forensic examination of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC, constitutionalism, rule of law and human rights.
“We will also focus on the level of insecurity and how to deepen democracy and federalism as well as the need to leave a sustainable legacy,” Mr. Okauru said.
The Director General added that seasoned professionals had been lined up to guide the retreat process.
On the crisis that erupted in the forum following the outcome of its chairmanship election on May 24, Mr. Okauru maintained that the forum remained one under one leadership.
Some members of the NGF led by Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, had set up a parallel secretariat of the forum when they opposed the re-election of Governor Rotimi Amaechi as chairman of the forum.
Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Sokoto government, Sa’ad Isa Gada, said that the state was prepared to host the retreat.
“We are used to receiving and hosting large visitors and this will not be an exception. The state is peaceful and people are happy to come here.
“Because the NGF is a large body, the state government is making appropriate arrangements to ensure that the stay of the governors in Sokoto is memorable,” he said.
This would be the second NGF retreat.
The first retreat was held for newly elected, re-elected and returning governors in May 2011 in Abuja, and was organised to strengthen the governorship institution and prepare governors for better governance.
The 2011 retreat was organised by the forum in collaboration with the National Governors Association, NGA, Washington DC, the U.S. equivalent of the NGF.
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