President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and members of the Progressives Governors Forum
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu says improved livelihood for Nigerians remains a top priority of his administration.
The President said he would equally pursue people-focused economic policies, assuring Nigerians that the national minimum wage needs to be reviewed to reflect present-day realities.
The President made the pronouncement while receiving in Abuja members of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), led by its new Chairman and Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.
He said federal and state governments would work together on the minimum wage, which he said required soul-searching.
“We need to do some arithmetic and soul-searching on the minimum wage. We will have to take a look at that together, and the revenue,” he said. “We must strengthen the source and application of our revenue.”
President Tinubu urged the Governors to strive to make a difference in the lives of their people.
The President said the multiple exchange rates would be streamlined, noting that governance is a continuum.
“I have inherited the assets and liabilities of my predecessor. This is the first time you entered the Council Chambers, and it is my first time too for a meeting.
“As progressives and thinkers under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC), you have a role to play in educating our people and making sure we manage ourselves,’’ the President told the governors.
President Tinubu said he would maintain an open-door policy, willing to entertain issues, deliberate, and collectively find solutions to the challenges facing the country, including security.
The Governor of Imo State who also pledged the support of the Progressive Governors to the President noted that the President had started well, by placing the economy and welfare of the people on a priority list, with honesty of purpose.
Other governors present at the meeting were Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum and Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq; Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe, Dikko Radda of Katsina, and Babagana Zulum of Borno State.
The rest were Governors Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, Hyacinth Alia of Benue, Umar Bago of Niger, Nasir Idris of Kebbi, Uba Sani of Kaduna, Umar Namadi of Jigawa, Nwifuru Francis Ogbonna of Ebonyi , Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto, and Bassey Otu of Cross-Rivers.
Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Tony Okerafor