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    Governors declare state of emergency on rape

Governors declare state of emergency on rape

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has declared a state of emergency on gender-based and sexual form of violence. The decision was taken at the 10th COVID-19 teleconference meeting of the forum. This is coming amid rising cases of rape across the country. In a communique, the governors condemned sexual and gender-based violence, saying they are committed to ensuring justice is served. The NGF also [...]

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    FG: No going back on financial autonomy for state legislature, judiciary

FG: No going back on financial autonomy for state legislature, judiciary

The federal government says there is no going back on the executive order seeking to implement financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary. Abubakar Malami, minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, said the government will gazette the order after consultations with governors. He was speaking days after Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti state governor and chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF), [...]

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    Many governors can’t handle the fight against COVID-19, says ex-INEC secretary

Many governors can’t handle the fight against COVID-19, says ex-INEC secretary

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, a former secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says most governors do not have the will to undertake measures that can curb the spread of COVID-19. In an interview with The Sun, Baba-Ahmed said the governors have not been able to develop policies to check the rise in COVID-19 infections because they don't have resources to keep [...]

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    NMA president: Many Nigerians will suffer if governors take over COVID-19 response

NMA president: Many Nigerians will suffer if governors take over COVID-19 response

Innocent Ujah, president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow states take full control of managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and chairman of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, said on Sunday in the next phase of the lockdown beginning from Monday, states will [...]

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    Governors to meet over financial autonomy for judiciary, legislature

Governors to meet over financial autonomy for judiciary, legislature

Governors across the 36 states of the federation have scheduled a meeting for Wednesday to discuss, among other issues, financial autonomy for states' judiciary and legislature. On May 22, President Muhammadu Buhari signed an executive order granting financial autonomy to the legislature and judiciary across the states. In a statement on Tuesday, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, head of media and public affairs, Nigeria Governors' [...]

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    Governors ask national assembly to halt infectious diseases bill

Governors ask national assembly to halt infectious diseases bill

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has asked the national assembly to suspend the infectious disease bill. The bill prescribes, among other provisions, compulsory vaccination of citizens against infectious diseases. This has sparked public outcry over possible human rights violation. In a communique issued after a virtual meeting of the governors on Wednesday, Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the forum, asked the lawmakers to [...]

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    Group raises concern over governors’ handling of COVID-19 pandemic

Group raises concern over governors’ handling of COVID-19 pandemic

The South East South South Network (SESSNet) has expressed concern over the lack of coordination between the governors of the south-east and south-south in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. The group said the lockdown measures adopted were not carefully thought through and lamented the failure of the 36 state governors to carry out proper consultation with critical [...]

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    COVID-19: Governors to ban inter-state travel for two weeks

COVID-19: Governors to ban inter-state travel for two weeks

Governors have agreed  to ban movement between states for two weeks as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. They took the decision at the sixth teleconference meeting of the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) which held on Wednesday. Kayode Fayemi, NGF chairman and governor of Ekiti state, said the action became necessary because of the increasing evidence of community transmission of [...]

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    Northern governors ban almajiri over COVID-19

Northern governors ban almajiri over COVID-19

Governors across northern states have agreed to ban the almajiri system as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. This formed part of the discussion at a meeting convened via teleconference by Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau state and chairman of the northern governors' forum, on Tuesday. The meeting had 17 governors in attendance. Makut Simon Macham, director of press and [...]

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    COVID-19: South-west govs to make wearing of face masks compulsory

COVID-19: South-west govs to make wearing of face masks compulsory

Governors in the south-west have agreed to shut their borders and to make wearing of face masks compulsory to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the region. Governors of the six states in the region reached the decision during a virtual meeting. Rotimi Akeredolu, chairman of the south-west governors forum, disclosed the development in a statement on Friday. “The entry points of our [...]

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    COVID-19: Health NGOs ask governors to reverse directive on lockdown easing

COVID-19: Health NGOs ask governors to reverse directive on lockdown easing

The Health Sector Reform Coalition (HSRC), a group of non-governmental actors, has asked governors across the country to reverse all directives on lockdown relaxation to contain the spread of COVID-19. Many states had banned large gatherings and restricted movements in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. But in a sudden turn of event, some states began to relax the [...]

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    Obaseki, Oyetola, Fayemi… governors undergoing test for coronavirus

Obaseki, Oyetola, Fayemi… governors undergoing test for coronavirus

On Wednesday, Gboyega Oyetola, governor of Osun state, took the test for coronavirus after the state recorded its first case of the disease.  He joined a growing number of governors now testing for the virus, after exposing themselves, either through the persons they had met or where they had been to. There are reports that the 46 confirmed cases in Nigeria as [...]

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    Babachir Lawal: Nigeria should have only FG, LG — governors are parasites

Babachir Lawal: Nigeria should have only FG, LG — governors are parasites

Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), says if he has his way, the country will have only federal and local governments. Speaking with journalist in Abuja, Lawal described governors as "parasites" who take a major share of the country's resources and "abuse" it. The former SGF made the comments when he was asked what he would like [...]

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    Back up Amotekun with the law, Falana tells south-west govs

Back up Amotekun with the law, Falana tells south-west govs

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has asked south-west governors to enact laws on Amotekun, the regional security outfit. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, had described the outfit as illegal but the human rights lawyer asked the governors to ignore Malami. He had said the federal government has no power to outlaw the outfit. In a statement on Tuesday, Falana said having a law [...]

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    Miyetti Allah: ‘Amotekun’ is a plot against Fulani… those behind it must be arrested

Miyetti Allah: ‘Amotekun’ is a plot against Fulani… those behind it must be arrested

The Miyetti Allah Kaute Hore has asked the federal government to arrest south-west leaders in charge of Amotekun, a regional security outfit.  In an interview with The Sun, Bello Bodejo, national president of the group, said the outfit is a plot against the Fulani ethnic group. On Wednesday, the group had asked south-west governors to give up the outfit after Abubakar Malami, [...]

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    ‘Amotekun’: Falana asks south-west governors to ignore Malami

‘Amotekun’: Falana asks south-west governors to ignore Malami

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the federal government lacks the power to outlaw "Amotekun", the regional security outfit in the south-west.  Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, had described the outfit as illegal, saying security remains the exclusive preserve of the federal government. In a statement on Wednesday, Falana advised the governors of the south-west states to ignore Malami and enact laws [...]

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