Nigerian governors to establish office for retirement benefits

The governors further resolved to support all efforts to provide enabling environments for job creation.”

Some of the 36 state governors in Nigeria, Friday, resolved to establish an independent office that will make objective recommendations on their retirement benefits.

This was one of the 11-point communiqué issued at the end of the 4th retreat of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The governors also resolved to restate their perception of their positions as time-limited public service and their determination to leave behind legacy projects that their states can be “justifiably” proud of.

“We will focus even more strongly on good governance and service delivery during the remaining period of our terms of office since what happens in the last year of office may make or mar our records of performance,” said the communiqué, which was read by Rotimi Amaechi, the NGF Chairman.

“(We also resolve) to place emphasis on making the Primary Health Care centres more accessible to patients by putting in place a system which makes them utilize the health facilities closest to them,” it added.

Eleven governors, all from the All Progressives Congress, APC, were at the retreat which also had Amos Sawyer, former Liberian President, in attendance.

Some of the governors who participated in the first session of the retreat, ‘Transitioning Out – Life after Office: Perspectives and Challenges,’ shed light on their plans after office.

The governors also deliberated over the state of the nation’s Primary Health Care centres as well as unemployment.

In the communiqué, the governors also resolved to place emphasis on preventive healthcare as against focusing on curative healthcare.

The governors further resolved to make it a priority to provide universal primary healthcare to all citizens and ensure their sustainability by making it affordable to everyone.

“On the issue of the lingering youth unemployment, (we will) make provisions for and support all the infrastructure necessary for speedy internet connections, including broadband, so that our youths in particular and other Nigerians can participate massively in the wealth to be made from the knowledge-based economy.”

The governors further resolved to support all efforts to provide enabling environments for job creation, particularly on infrastructure such as uninterrupted power supply and low interest rates.

“(We resolve) to use our position in the National Economic Council (NEC) to press for low interest rates and enforcement of import policies and collection of customs duties.

“To adopt investment for poverty-reducing employment strategies, especially emphasizing policies that would generate employment at the local level,” the communiqué added.

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