President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the National Economic Council comprising of Governors of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)to focus on four key areas in the next four years.
The key areas the President harped on are security, economy, education and agriculture.
Speaking at the inauguration of 2019-2023 NEC, At The Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, President Buhari said the focus on the four key areas would help stabilize the economy of the states.
The President said his administration was committed to dealing with the issue of security stressing that for the government to succeed everybody must be involved.
He challenged the governors to make a difference in sustaining security in their respective states noting that it is only in an atmosphere of peace and security that business can thrive.
The president emphasized the need for a comprehensive free basic education across the states and urged the state governors to as a matter of urgency ensure that basic education across the country was achieved.
He maintained that “it is a crime for any parent” to keep their ward out school without achieving the nine years basic education and therefore pleaded with the state governors to provide basic facilities across their states for the effective realization of the free basic education.
He said that the provision of free basic education is the ingredient needed to put the children on the right footing in life.
As part of its contributions to realizing basic education across the country President Buhari said the Federal Government will strive to enhance the school feeding programme to fortify basic education in the country.
On the issue of health, the President said it is in the interests of government that every citizen gets the basic health stressing that government must find a way of assisting the vulnerable in the society in achieving basic health facility for all in the country.
On agriculture the president urged the governors to take agriculture very seriously.
While restating the programmes of NEC, he said states must increase their internally generated revenue and Value Added Tax (VAT) to be able to keep their states viable.