The Nigerian Governors Forum has elected Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state as the new chairman of the forum.
NGF also elected his Sokoto state counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal as the Deputy Chairman.
Fayemi’s election was a unanimous one as he emerged as a consensus choice.
He was nominated by Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna state and seconded by Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.
The governors also said they will be meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the country’s security situation.
Besides, NGF maintained that the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) guidelines
The outgoing Chairman of the Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar of Zamfara state who read the communique at the end of the meeting said NFIU guidelines is detrimental to the interest of states and local governments.
He said: the Forum unanimously elected Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state as the new Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum from 2019-2021.
“Members also elected Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of State as Vice Chairman of the Forum from 2019 -2021.”
Tambuwal, he said was nominated by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos and seconded by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state.
Yari also noted that the Forum discussed the country’ security situation saying that “Governors resolved to hold a meeting with Mr. President to find real and effective solutions to the security challenges facing the country.”
On the NFIU, he said: “the Forum is concerned with recent guidelines of the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) which seek to impose restriction on the powers of states and Local Governments to operate within constitutionally approved parameters.
“The new guidelines have no legal basis under the NFIU Act and are contrary to constitutional provisions”.
In his response, Fayemi expressed delight and accepted responsibility.
He said himself and his deputy will build on the achievement of their successors.
Besides, he said they will work in partnership with other arms of government and partners for the benefit of the country.