Buhari To Address Incoming, Returning Governors Next Week

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President Muhammadu Buhari will address the incoming and returning Governors as part of activities lined up for the induction programme.

President Buhari who would be the Special Guest of Honour at the third induction ceremony for the Governors put together by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF  slated to commence from Monday, May 15 to May 19th, 2023, would give the Keynote address to the gathering of Governors including those that are already out of office.

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In a statement yesterday by the NGF Director, of Media and  Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Barkindo, he disclosed that those invited to the NGF induction are, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, the Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa and President William Ruto of Kenya.

According to Barkindo, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Director General of the World trade Organization, Amina Jane Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and Dr Akinwumi Adesina of the African Development Bank are expected to deliver papers during the event, just as the current Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams and two former American Governors, Terry McAuliffe of the State of Virginia and O’Malley Martin Joseph of Maryland are also billed to grace the occasion.

The statement read, “The Nigeria Governors’ Forum NGF is hosting its 3rd Governors’ induction from Monday May 15 to May 19th, 2023.

“The induction program for incoming and returning Governors is the NGFs flagship program where the incoming Governors are supported with special tools to usher them into office in a seamless manner and to assist them move away from campaigns to governance.

“Traditionally, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces is invited to give the Keynote address to the gathering of Governors including those that are already out of office. The occasion accords the governors an opportunity to share experiences and compare notes to further strengthen service delivery to the Nigerian people at the subnational level.

“This year, 2023, the program is holding at the Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, with President Muhammadu Buhari as the Special Guest of Honor. It commences at 8 in the morning.

“Speakers are invited from all over the world from among heads of governments, members of the diplomatic corps, captains of industry and other categories of guests who have accomplished and distinguished history of service to their people to inspire the Governors to hit the ground running.

“On this occasion, the current Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams and two former American Governors, Terry McAuliffe of the State of Virginia and O’Malley Martin Joseph of Maryland are gracing the occasion. Perusing their performance resume, O’Malley became renown for reducing crime while McAuliffe focused on healthcare provision and education. Eric Adams, the Mayor of New York City, which, if it were a country would have the nineth-largest gross metropolitan product (GMP) of $1.66 trillion, is visiting Africa for the first time, is known to have applied digital methods to fight crime in NYC.

“Also expected to speak at the NGF induction is Professor Peter Anyang Nyongo, Governor of the Kisumu County in Kenya who transformed Kenya’s hospital fund to a national health insurance fund, reduced poverty and brought Kisumu County to compete in poverty reduction, education and infrastructure with modern cities around the globe.

“Also invited to the NGF induction are, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, the Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa and President William Ruto of Kenya.

“Nearer home, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Director General of the World trade Organization, Amina Jane Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and Dr Akinwumi Adesina of the African Development Bank, bring their experiences to bear on the occasion. They are all slated to speak to the event.

“Other speakers include the National Security Adviser, Major-General Mohammed Babagana Monguno, who will be speaking on managing security in the states, with Kaduna Governor, Malam Nasiru el-Rufai, Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the DG DSS among others, as panellists.

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“Another compelling engagement would include a topic on recruiting your team, vetting, ethics, staffing the Governor’s office and identifying critical skills and capacity, which will be led by Governor El Rufai as the lead speaker.

“There will also be rich conversations on managing expectations and powering the bureaucracy to accomplish your agenda and balancing political appointees versus the civil service, among many other critical governance toolkits.

“The same Induction program will also deal with how to seamlessly ease the outgoing governors to a life after office. The last two days of the week will be occupied by activities of the First Ladies.”

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