South South Governors Forum Restate Demand For Restructuring, 13% Derivation

The Forum of South South Governors on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State restated its demand for restructuring and 13 per cent derivation from the Federal Government.
The Spokesperson for the Forum, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, said after a one-day meeting that the demand was in the spirit and clamour for restructuring and in line with true federalism.
Dickson said the forum also demanded for a 13 per cent derivation from the $1 billion withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government for security.
He said the demand was in accordance with constitutional provision.
Dickson said the forum was not against the amount withdrawn by the Federal Government to fight insecurity in the country.
He noted that the forum expressed support for the devolution of powers among the federating States.
The forum, he said, called for the withdrawal from the National Assembly a bill on the management and administration of water resources.
Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Dickson of Bayelsa State attended the meeting, while Ben Ayade of Cross River State was absent.
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