Southern Nigeria Governors’ Forum (SNGF), Monday night, rose from their summit, in Lagos, resolving to go on with one Nigeria and to continue the push for true federalism.
The meeting in a four-point communiqué read by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who co-hosted the summit with Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, also agreed on the devolution of more powers to the federating states.
The governors further to build infrastructure linkages among the southern states, and collaborate for improved security in order to promote the welfare and safety of their citizens.
The meeting which lasted for over three hours also picked Governor Ambode of Lagos, as chairman and governors of Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson and David Umahi of Ebonyi as co-chairmen. The summit resolved to hold the next edition in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State.
The southern governor’s summit was inaugurated in 2001 and last held in 2005, both hosted by Lagos under the administration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The southern part of Nigeria comprises of the South-East, South-West and the South-South geo-political zones.
The governors, in attendance at the meeting include Governors Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Ben Ayade (Cross Rivers), was represented by his deputy, Godwin Obaseki (Edo State), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta State) represented by his deputy, and Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa).
Others are Willie Obiano (Anambra), represented by deputy, Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Rauf Aregbesola (State), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State as well as Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State while Rochas Okorocha, of Imo State was absent and did not also send a representative.