South-South Governors Demand 13% Derivation From Excess Crude Account

Governors of states in Nigeria’s south-south region have restated their call for restructuring and 13 per cent derivation from the one billion dollars withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account by the federal government. The governors, who met under the umbrella of the Forum of South-South Governors on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, said the demands were in the interest of the nation.

Speaking on behalf of the Forum, Bayelsa Governor Seriake Dickson also said the forum was not against the amount withdrawn by the federal government to fight insecurity in the country.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. According to Dickson, they called for the withdrawal from the National Assembly a bill on the management and administration of water resources.

Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Dickson of Bayelsa attended the meeting while Ben Ayade of Cross River was absent.

Edo State governor Godwin Obaseki was represented by his deputy.

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