All Progressive Congress (APC) State governors should make the payments of salaries and pensions to workers and pensioners their top priority, the Secretaries to the State Governments in the APC controlled states have said.
This was contained in a communique issued on Friday at the end of the the 6th Quarterly Meeting of Secretaries to Governments of All Progressives Congress States held in Lokoja.
The communique which was jointly signed by the Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Mr Salihu Lukman and the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Dr (Mrs) Folashade Ayoade Arike resolved that APC States should be enjoined to carry along relevant stakeholders in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The meeting recommended that a platform for policy synergy between the federal and state governments that would facilitate the domestication of federal government’s development policies in states for better implementation to be put in place to foster understanding, knowledge sharing, and consensus-building.
It was also recommended that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) be implemented in states in line with the federal government’s structure and to also deploy the Bank Verification Number (BVN) at the state level, where it is not yet adopted.
The meeting agreed to continually share information, ideas and knowledge through its quarterly meetings and the PGF Secretariat to promote synergy across the member States to facilitate greater cooperation for common policy initiatives geared towards sustainable development.