South-South Governors Demand For A Restructured Nigeria
The demand for restructuring is still on.
It is coming from the goose that lays the golden egg in Nigeria - the Niger Delta region.
State Governors in the south-south geopolitical zone have declared their support for the ongoing clamour for the restructuring of the nation.
They had gathered in Port Harcourt from different states in the region to discuss issues that concern them.
At the meeting were Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, Governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr. Emmanuel Udom, Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Siarake Dickson, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and the Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu.
Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, the Chairman of the South-south Governors Forum, Seriake Dickson, said the governors were in full support of true federalism and desolation of powers where federating units will become stronger.
He said the forum also resolved to work with like-minded Nigerians who were in support of the restructuring of the country for a stable, prosperous and peaceful nation.
The Governors called for the immediate withdrawal of an executive bill before the National Assembly on the management of water resources, describing provisions of the bill as offensive and obnoxious.
According to Governor Dickson, the Governors of the south-south states vehemently disagree with the centralised control of water resources as contained in the bill, pointing out that the nation was already faced with many problems as a result of centralisation of power.
On the efforts by the Federal Government to withdraw $1 billion for National Security Expenditures, Governor Dickson said the forum strongly believes that the constitutional provision of 13% derivation should be applied.
“Governors in the region are not against the allocation of money for security purposes especially in the Niger Delta region, but owing to the fact that the money will be taken from excess crude account, the 13% derivation must be fully respected,” he added.