Rivers Summit: S’south Govs, Leaders Demand Restructuring

Governors and leaders of the South-South geopolitical zone have demanded  restructuring of the country in line with the principle of true federalism, saying it will  guarantee peace, security and stability in the country.

The South-South leaders decried the present arrangement, where others zones depend on the resources of the Niger Delta. They said such an arrangement could not engender the development.

They  observed that Nigeria was not at peace with itself and not working as it should, particularly for the people of the South-South.

The Chairman of the South-South Governors forum and Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, made the positions of the zone known during the regional stakeholders meeting with presidential delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari at the Government House, Portharcourt.

The media aide to Rivers State Governor, Kelvin Ebiri in a statement on the outcome of the Port Harcourt meeting quoted Okowa as saying that the people of the zone were committed to restructuring of Nigeria in a way that would  guarantee  true federalism and devolution of powers to the states.

He said states would be able to create and manage their own police and security architecture under a federal structure.

He called for true federalism guided by the principle of derivation, revenue sharing and control of resources by each State of the federation as it was the case in the First Republic.

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