Southern Nigeria governors have restated their belief and support for true federalism and devolution of powers in the country.
The governors who made the disclosure at the end of a meeting held at the Lagos house, Alausa , Ikeja reiterated their commitment to a united and indivisible Nigeria.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos while reading the communique of the meeting to newsmen stressed that the summit harped on the importance of security of lives and property of their citizens.
While explaining that the governors pledged their readiness to collaborate for growth and development of their economies, Ambode emphasised the need for effective linkage of good infrastructure within the southern states of the country.
“We reiterate our belief in true federalism and devolution of powers. We are committed to collaborating with one another for the growth and development of our economies.
“We also emphasize the need for effective linkage on good infrastructure within Southern Nigeria and we are also committed to a united and indivisible nation.” Ambode said
The governors unanimously appointed Ambode as chairman of the Southern Governors forum while Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and his Ebonyi state counterpart David Umahi were also appointed as Co-chairmen.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state and 12 others were physically present, Willie Obiano of Anambra, Ben Ayade of Cross River and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta sent representatives while Rocha’s okorocha of Imo was absent without excuse.
The forum was formed by former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu and had its first meeting in Lagos in 2001 and the last meeting in 2005.
Those present were Governors Ayo Fayose, Ekiti, Abiola Ajimobi,Oyo, Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun, Godwin Obaseki, Edo, Okezie Ikpeazu,Abia, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu, Rauf Aregbesola, Osun, Nyesom Wike, Rivers,Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa, Dave Umahi,Ebonyi, Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom and Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo.
The forum subsequently announced that it’s next meeting will take place in Rivers State.