Saturday, April 19, 2014

Governors’ Forum constitutes committees on good governance, constitution review

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Rotimi Amaechi, governor of River state

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has constituted a seven-man committee to engage and collaborate with the National Assembly on the ongoing constitution review process.

This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the forum`s meeting in the early hours of Thursday in Abuja.

The communiqué was read by the forum’s Chairman, Gov. Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers.

It stated that the decision was taken after the forum met with the Senate Committee on the 1999 Constitution Review led by the Chairman and Deputy Senate President Sen. Ike Ekweremadu.

The communique listed members of the committee as Rivers, Jigawa, Bauchi, Lagos, Niger, Anambra and Akwa-Ibom states.

The forum also set up a committee on peer review and good governance, which has Kano, Sokoto, Kwara, Adamawa, Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Enugu Zamfara and Osun states as members.

A Committee on environment to deal with issues of flooding and environment in the country generally and another to organise a security conference were also set up by the forum.

Members of the committee on environment are Bayelsa, Kebbi, Yobe, Kogi, Imo, Plateau and Oyo as Chairman.

It also constituted a committee to organise a security conference with members as Benue (Chairman), Edo, Kaduna, Ekiti, Borno and Abia states.

The forum expressed its committment to pursue integrated interventions to eradicate polio from the country by December 2013, instead of the initial 2015 deadline.

Governors of Rivers, Cross River, Ekiti, Ondo, Anambra, Kogi, Gombe, Adamawa, Yobe, Taraba, Enugu, Jigawa, Delta,Edo, Ondo, Abia, Ogun and Oyo and Imo states attended the meeting.

The NGF is an umbrella association of the 36 elected governors of the federation irrespective of party affiliation.

It would be recalled that the creation of state police and the inclusion of the six geo-political zones in the constitution are major issues that had engaged the interest of the governors since the issue of constitution review began.

The governors are also demanding the abrogation of the offshore/onshore dichotomy and the derivation principle which allows oil-producing states to retain 13 per cent of the total revenue derived from exploration of mineral resources.

NAN reports that the position of the governors is to set the tone of debate on these contentious issues for members of the National Assembly during the constitutional amendment process.

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