Southern Nigerian governors call for devolution of powers to states

Governors of the 17 states of Southern Nigeria are demanding a devolution of powers to states from the federal government while also reiterating their commitment to the growth of Nigeria.

They spoke yesterday through a joint communique issued after they met in Lagos House, Ikeja, Lagos and read by the Lagos state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

According to the communique, they also stated their commitment to a united, indivisible Nigeria and called for effective linkage of infrastructure in the southern part of the country.

The summit also appointed Governor Ambode as chairman of the forum and governors Dave Umahi of Ebonyi and Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa as co-chairmen.

The governors met twelve years after their last meeting held in Lagos. The first summit took place in 2001 and the last in 2005.

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