Niger Delta leaders demand restructuring as panacea for peace

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Governors and people of the South-South Geopolitical zone have demanded restructuring in line with the principle of true federalism, to guarantee peace, security, and stability of the nation.

The leaders and governors of the region during a meeting with FG in Port Harcourt Tuesday noted that the country is not at peace with itself and not working as it should, stating that the people of South-South region are not attended to.

Speaking, Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum and Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa while disclosing the position of the zone during the regional stakeholders meeting with a presidential delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday, called for the restructuring of the nation and true federalism

Okowa said: “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.”

He said the kind of federation the South-South geopolitical desires, is one where federating units are constitutionally empowered to create their own structures like Local Government Areas, manage their elections, and control their judiciary.

He said: “We are all aware of the huge endowment of this country. As such, it is imperative to stress that with a few efforts, imagination, hard work, sacrifice, and leadership, every state of the Federation as of today, has the ability and capability to contribute to the national purse. This should be encouraged rather than the whole country depending substantially on a region of the country.

What is worse and even more painful in this ugly situation is the deliberate lack of understanding, empathy and the uncompromising attitudes of some Nigerians, who have refused to understand the challenges of the South-South region of the country especially, the degradation of the environment and our waters. As a result, most of the demands of the region have remained unattended to while the resources of the region have been used continually to develop other parts of the country.”

 

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