The Southern Governors’ Forum has come up with the word of rejection of nearly everything in Nigeria.
In a communiqué at the end of the Governors’ meeting today, July 5 in Lagos, the Governors rejected the proposed 3% and support the 5% share of the oil revenue in the newly passed PIB, to the host community, as recommended by the House of Representatives.
The Governors also rejected the proposed 30% share of profit for the exploration of oil and gas in the basins, in addition to rejecting the ownership structure of the proposed Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC).
“The Forum disagrees that the company be vested in the Federal Ministry of Finance but should be held in trust by Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) since all tiers of Government have stakes in that vehicle.”
The Southern Governors rejected the removal of the Electronic transmission of the election result from the electoral act and also rejected the confirmation of exclusive jurisdiction in pre-election matters on the Federal High Court.
The Governors re-emphasised the need for a State Police, saying that if for any reason security institutions need to undertake an operation in any State, the Chief Security Officer of the State must be duly informed;
They frowned at selective criminal administration of Justice and resolved that arrests should be made within the ambit of the Law and fundamental human rights;
They set a timeline of Wednesday, 1st September, 2021 for the promulgation of the anti open grazing law in all member States.
The Governors insisted that Funds deducted from the Federation Account for the Nigeria Police Security Trust Fund should be distributed among the States and Federal Government to combat security challenges.
They however, re-affirmed their commitment to the unity of Nigeria on the pillars of equity, fairness, justice, progress and peaceful co-existence between and amongst its people.
“The Forum reiterates its commitment to the politics of equity, fairness and unanimously agrees that the presidency of Nigeria be rotated between Southern and Northern Nigeria and resolved that the next president of Nigeria should emerge from the Southern Region.
They commended security operatives in the country for their relentless efforts in restoring security and safety even as they expressed sympathy for families and loved ones of those who have fallen in the line of duty.
The communiqué, signed by the Governor of Ondo State, who doubles as Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, unanimously chose Lagos State as its permanent secretariat.