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S’South leaders meet FG, demand resource control, true federalism

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By Gabriel Chy Alonta

The South South Governors Forum led by Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and leaders from the oil rich region, on Thursday, handed six -point demands to the federal government for immediate implementation.

The governors made this known during presidential meeting with federal government team led by the Chief of Staff to the president, Ambassador Ibrahim Gambar, at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Apart from its call for immediate restructuring of Nigeria to accommodate fiscal federalism, the south south leaders also called for proactive measures to transform the region using its resources through reopening of its road, sea and rail transport infrastructures, among others.

The demands were: “Immediate relocation of government-owned oil subsidiaries from Lagos and Abuja to the South South region; immediate completion of East-West road under construction, and immediate privatisation of the two refineries in Port Harcourt and the one in Warri for effectiveness.

The South South Governors and leaders also called for release of all funds due to NDDC and that henceforth, all NDDC projects must be done in consultation with state governors. They also demanded reactivation of sea ports in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Warri; as well as reactivation of the Lagos to Calabar rail line.

On the issue of resource control, they said: “True federalism, resource control, fair revenue sharing and state police are the best ingredients to achieving a better Nigeria”.

PDP appoints Umahi’s ex security aide S’East zonal caretaker chairman (POLITICS)

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), November 30th, appointed Ali Odefa as chairman of the reconstituted South East Zonal Caretaker Committee of the party.

The party also named Hon. Laz Ogbe as Auditor of the South East Zonal Caretaker Committee of the party.

Ogbe, former member representing Ezza South/Ikwo federal constituency, was the first commissioner to resign from the government of Governor David Umahi immediately the rumor of his defection came.

Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, said the action of the NWC is pursuant to Sections 29 (2)(b) and 31(2)(e) of the PDP Constitution (2017 as amended).

The reconstituted South East Zonal Caretaker Committee is to pilot the affairs of the party in the South East Zone for a period not exceeding three months (90) days as prescribed by Section 32(2)(e) of the PDP Constitution.

“The NWC enjoins all members of our great party in the South East zone to continue to work together in harmony for the task ahead, especially at this time our nation looks up to our great party for solution and direction.”

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