SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
Governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari over rising insecurity and the state of economy of the country.
Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, who led his colleagues to meet the President said they also used the opportunity to congratulate Buhari on the success recorded by the party in the election of the presiding officers of the National Assembly.
He said: “This morning Mr. President graciously granted audience to Progressive Governors Forum. We came to congratulate him on the National Assembly elections and thank him for the confidence he had in the Progressive Governors Forum members who participated actively in all the processes that led to the emergence of Senator Ahmad Lawan, as Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege as Deputy Senate President, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Wase as Deputy Speaker.
“Furthermore, we used the opportunity to thank Mr. President for all he has been doing and all the successes recorded in the areas which he campaigned upon and by extension our party which are security, economy and accountability.
“We are quite happy with his support for states where close to N2 trillion was given to states in form of loans, refunds on federal roads, refund for Paris Club, which has helped encouraged economic activities in the states, payment of salaries, payment of pensions, payment of gratuities and overall investment by infrastructural spendings.
“We are also appreciative of increased investment in agriculture which has been because of conscious decision to support agriculture as a way out of economic challenges and provide economic growth.
“We also congratulate Mr. President that despite drop in incomes the value for money that he insists upon has begun to pay off in terms of more security across the country even though some challenges still remain, he is working hard on that with sincerity.
“Last and not the least, we offer to work with Mr President continuously to ensure that we increase economic performance, security of our country and social cohesion.”
Asked what they would promise Nigerians in view of the fact that the APC is in full control at all levels of governance in the country, the Kebbi governor responded:
“Well, we as progressive governors forum will push so that that legislation and cooperation between states and federal government will intensify, we will be more active in e during investments in all areas that can provide employment and incomes rapidly will increase, we will collaborate more to ensure that security is enhanced particularly when it involves state borders.”
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