The Governors of the South South geopolitical zone have taken a firm position to support the growing demand for the restructuring of the country, true federalism and devolution of power.
The Chairman of the South South Governors’ Forum and Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, who briefed journalists on the outcome of the crucial meeting at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday, said that the governors agreed to back the calls to restructure and return the country to its founding principle of true federalism.
A statement by the Special Adviser to Governor Dickson on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, on Thursday quoted him as having said that the Forum also agreed to support the calls for devolution of power because of the excessive concentration of power at the centre.
Governor Dickson also said that the South South governors took a collective position to demand the 13 percent component of the $1billion funds being withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account to fight insecurity in the country.
He said that while the governors were not opposed to the Federal Government decision to spend funds to strengthen the security of the country including that of the zone, it was pertinent that the constitutional provision on the 13 percent derivation was strictly adhered to.
He explained that it was only proper to deduct the 13 percent derivation component from the $1bn in accordance with constitutional provisions.
Governor Dickson added that the governors who resolved to work across party lines on issues of collective concern would communicate their position to the relevant authorities.
The governors, according to him, also resolved to oppose the recent bill on the management Water Resources describing it as offensive and obnoxious.