In a bid to to bring normalcy across the states of the federation after the #ENDSARS protests took a different dimension, a committee set up by the National Economic Council (NEC), had on Tuesday, urged the 36 state governors and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, to meet with youth groups, traditional rulers and political leaders in their various domains for a lasting solution.
The Committee also tasked the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and other members of the committee, to lead further engagements at the zonal levels, after the state engagement.
This resolution of the committee was disclosed in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.
The statement as reported by the Punch newspaper was titled, ‘Fallouts of protests: NEC committee to engage youths, others, swings into action’.
Part of the statement reads, “In furtherance of the resolution of an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council last week, the ad hoc committee set up to engage with youths, civil society organisations and different strands of leadership across the nation in the wake of the recent protests has swung into action.
“At a meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, earlier today (Tuesday), the committee decided to promptly embark on a two-pronged engagement process, zonal and state-based, respectively.
“For the state-based engagements, each of the 36 state governors and the FCT minister will meet with the leadership and representatives of the identified groups in their states.
“This will then be immediately followed by zonal interactions, where the Vice-President and members of the committee will feature.”
The engagements, according to the statement, will involve the youth, traditional leaders, political leaders, civil society groups,religious leaders as well as opinion leaders such as the media.
The statement explained further that, issues such as employment, social safety nets, national unity and security of lives and properties would feature during the engagements.
Akande said, the virtual meeting attended by all governors representing each of the six geopolitical zones in the country also formally adopted the committee’s terms of reference.
The committee is headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and has Governor Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), representing North-West; Babagana Zulum (Borno), representing North-East; Abubakar Bello (Niger), representing North-Central; Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), representing South-West; Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), representing South-East; and Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), representing South-South, all as members.