The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has advised the Senate to hold a public hearing on the hate speech bill; before it to ensure that views of Nigerians were captured in the passage of the bill.
This was contained in a statement issued to the Senate by the NGF Vice Chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; at the end of the forum meeting held on Wednesday, November 20 in Abuja.
He advised the Senate to respect the views of Nigerians on the bill.
“I am not sure I have heard any governor come out to say; he is in support of the death penalty for hate speech.
“I believe the Senate should hold a public hearing on that bill; so that due process of lawmaking is followed so that the views of Nigerians; not just the governors will be well captured on that bill.
“They should respect the views of Nigerians in whatever may be the direction of debate; and the eventual passage or otherwise of that bill,” Tambuwal said.
Tambuwal also appealed to the citizenry to exercise patience; regarding the proposed increment of Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5 to 7.5 per cent.
He said that the governors were in support of what would improve the revenue generation drive of both the federal and state governments.
Tambuwal further revealed various states were engaging labour unions on the issue; of the implementation of the new national minimum wage.
“I am sure it is a work in progress. Before December; all the states must have finished working out the details on the issue of minimum wage across the federation.
“We are very much committed to the welfare and wellbeing of our workforce; therefore, we shall continue to ensure we do our best on what needs to be done.”
The seventh meeting was attended by governors of Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Imo, Adamawa, and Kwara.
Other states such as Gombe, Enugu, Edo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Oyo and Ebonyi were represented by their deputy governors.