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Devolve more powers to States and Local Government Areas, South-South Governors Demand

March 15, 2012

All the governors from the South South region of Nigeria are calling for devolution of federal powers to the state and local government areas.
The governors met yesterday in Calabar under the auspices of  Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta States (BRACED) Commission Governors’ Council 2012 for several hours.
The six governors in a communique released at the end of their five hours meeting in Calabar yesterday, reaffirmed their support for the position of Nigerian Governors’ Forum that revenue allocation formula be reviewed to give more money and responsibilities to states and local governments.
They called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to immediately explore all avenues to end the wanton and unnecessary destruction of lives and property of Nigerians in most parts of the country.
They expressed deep concern over the pervasive and indiscriminate manner employed by the Boko Haram sectarian movement to unleash mayhem on Nigerians.
In a communiqué signed by chairman of the forum, Governor Liyel Imoke and his other five colleagues, including Governors Seriake Dickson, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Godswill Akpabio, Adams Oshiomole and Emmanuel Uduaghan, they said, “In view of the situation in the country, we express our deep concern at the level of insecurity in some parts of the country and therefore appeal to the federal government to continue to explore all avenues to end the indiscriminate and unnecessary destruction of lives and property.”
They described the attempt from some quarters to link the increasing insecurity in parts of the country to the issue of 13% derivation and revenue sharing formula as unfortunate and misplaced.
They also called on the Federal Government to urgently address the adverse environmental degradation and pollution in the Niger Delta which are occasioned by oil exploitation and have dangerously affected the economic lives of the people, adding “This situation in the Niger Delta has made it imperative for an upward review of derivation principle and introduction of fiscal federalism.”

From L-R: Governor Rt.Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (River State), Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta State), Governor Adams Oshiomhole (Edo State), Governor Liyel Imoke (Cross River State), Governor Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom State), Governor Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa State) and DG BRACED Commisssion, Amb Joe Keshi.

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  1. March 15, 2012 19:32

    Good moves South South Govs. Good moves!!!

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