The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has decided to take a mediatory part to unravel the ongoing strike by the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors.
The forum announced this in a communiqué issued by its Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi after its 33rd teleconference held on Wednesday.
The communique issued on Thursday said that the resolution followed an update by the NGF Senior Health Advisor, Dr. Ahmad Abdulwahab, regarding the ongoing strike.
It noted that the governors resolved to take a mediatory role to facilitate dialogue between NARD and the affected states.
It stated that the forum deliberated on several issues of national importance, including the strike.
According to the communique, the forum resolved to work with the Steering Committee, set up by President Muhammadu Buhari, to oversee the process of the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Bill recently signed into law.
It noted that the governors would work with the presidential committee, headed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, on the areas of concern to the forum.
A Committee for this purpose, Chaired by the Governor of Nasarawa, was constituted with the Governors of Abia, Ogun, Kwara, Akwa Ibom, Gombe, and Kaduna states as members.
On COVID-19 Vaccine Administration, the Forum received an update on the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out for the country from the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib.
It stated that Shuaibu informed members that 3,363 vaccination sites across the 36 States FCT have been designated for the rollout of the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination.
“Members reiterated their commitment to providing leadership and oversight for the effective flag-off and implementation of the second phase of the vaccination exercise.”
The communique added that the governors resolved to take additional measures to curb the resurgence of the spread of the COVID-19 virus by working with the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) to develop applicable guidelines.
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