The Delta Governor said the NGF is designing socio-economic policies and programmes.
The Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, said in Asaba on Monday that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, was more committed to people-oriented activities than politics.
Mr. Uduaghan made the statement at the inaugural meeting of the State Peer Review Mechanism, SPRM, of NGF in reaction to public criticisms that the forum was being politicised. He said the public tended to see only the political side of NGF but added that the forum was more involved in other activities beneficial to the people.
The governor said that NGF was designing socio-economic policies and programmes that would make positive impacts on the country, adding that SPRM was put in place to assist states carry out internal assessment of their various developmental programmes and to improve on them.
“The NGF is more than just politics. It may be constituted by political individuals but the duties being executed goes beyond political matters like this SPRM issue. There is the need to ensure that these other activities of the forum are properly reported by the media,” he said.
Mr. Uduaghan explained that results got from such SPRM were not meant to score or belittle any state’s development strides but to serve as an opportunity for states to showcase their achievements. He stressed the need for more states to key into the initiative, noting that it would serve as an avenue to share and exchange ideas on how best to improve their economies and the economy of the nation.
Earlier in his remarks, the Director General of NGF, Asishana Okauru, explained that the objective of the forum was to assist states in accelerating the pace of their development. He said that this would be achieved through periodic reviews of progress in the implementation of their development policies.
Mr. Okauru said that such reviews would provide opportunity for Delta to showcase its achievements and share its areas of challenges with the NGF review team. He commended the state government’s developmental efforts, especially in the establishment of the micro credit scheme.
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