Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto, has emerged as interim chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).
Tambuwal takes over from Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti, who has served as chairman of the NGF since he was sworn in for a second term in office in October 2018.
The development was announced on Thursday at the meeting of the national economic council (NEC), which was held at the Aso Rock villa in Abuja.
According to a statement by Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, NGF director of media and public affairs, Tambuwal, who was the vice-chairman of the NGF, will serve as interim chairman of the forum until an election by the governors in May 2023.
Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
Before making the announcement, the Ekiti State Governor acknowledged the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support, explaining that yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the Forum of Governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation.”
The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.
In his response the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend the Ekiti Governor and NGF Chairman’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years and that was enhanced by your chairmanship of the NGF, admitting that the NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well.”
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