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Govs hold teleconference, react to lockdown of states

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Sunday pledged commitment to ensuring seamless movement of essential commodities throughout the country during the period of lockdown declared in some states.

The forum made the pledge in a communiqué issued after its first teleconference meeting held on Sunday and signed by Gov. Kayode Fayomi of Ekiti who is the NGF Chairman.

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The communiqué stated that the governors through the teleconference meeting deliberated on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The communique stated in part: “Governors are committed to ensuring that there is a seamless movement of essential commodities throughout the country during this period of the lockdown.

“Through the NGF Secretariat, a protocol for the movement of essential services will be developed and shared with all state governments.

“To strengthen private-sector-led support for the COVID-19 pandemic, the NGF Secretariat will serve as the coordination mechanism by tracking the COVID-19 essential needs of all states including equipment for contact tracing/sample collection, diagnosis and treatment.

“The NGF Secretariat has worked with the National Economic Council Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19 to examine the impact of the pandemic on both the federal and state governments and has recommended a set of actions to manage the crisis.

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