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Nigerian Governors show Interest on Constitution Review

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has set up a seven-man committee to 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, which was read by Chibuike Amaechi, the Governor of Rivers State and Chairman of the forum.

The communiqué 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 communiqué listed Members of the committee as Rivers, Jigawa, Bauchi, Lagos, Niger, Anambra and Akwa-Ibom States.

However, 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.

Other committees set up by the forum include, committee on environment to deal with issues of flooding and environment in the country generally, member states of this committee are Bayelsa, Kebbi, Yobe, Kogi, Imo, Plateau and Oyo as Chairman as well as committee to organise a security conference with members as Benue (Chairman), Edo, Kaduna, Ekiti, Borno and Abia states.

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

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.

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

The Nigeria Governor Forum is an umbrella association of the 36 elected governors of the federation irrespective of party affiliation.

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