Governors, Emefiele meet to avert food shortage

AS a measure against an imminent challenge of food shortage in the country, the 36 states governors are scheduled to meet on Monday with the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and other stakeholders on how to explore the dry season farming option being promoted by the apex.
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The Head, Media and Public Affairs at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, said  on Friday that the meeting would  afford the CBN Governor the opportunity to take the governors through details of the programme and what they must do to properly avert food shortage.
The meeting is expected to finalise the agreement into partnership between the forum and the CBN.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, who has been midwifing the NGF group in the agriculture sector, will also provide insight on the partnership at the meeting, according to the invitation sent to the governors by the Director General of the Forum, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru.

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An NGF Peer Learning Event (PLE) will precede the meeting on this same day.
“The sixth NGF Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Peer Learning Event which attracts a host of IGR experts will take place at the Wells Carlton Hotel in Asokoro District in Abuja.
“The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and the Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, will both give keynote addresses, while there will be goodwill messages from the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service Mohammed Mamman Nami and Shubham Chaudri, Country Director of the World Bank to Nigeria, Western and Central Africa.
“Some of the key lessons at the event will include how digitalisation helps to sustain revenue collection during the Covid19 pandemic and how states can choose the right incentives for the right taxpayer group.
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