Governors of the South-South region met Tuesday with the President’s Chief of Staff, Amb. Ibrahim Gambari, at the Rivers Government House in Port Harcourt.
Igbere TV had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff and other high-profile dignitaries were expected in Port Harcourt later today.
The meeting with South-South governors and stakeholders from the Niger Delta region comes after the initial meeting was canceled last week due to the absence of federal government representatives.
At Tuesday’s presidential meeting were Governors Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom) and Nyesom Wike (Rivers).
Igbere TV reports that the president’s chief of staff, Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, led the federal government delegation to the meeting in Port Harcourt.
During the course of the meeting, the six governors and leaders of the area in a common position presented by the president of the South South Governors Forum, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, made the following demands:
1. Immediate relocation of the headquarters of the oil multinational to its operational bases in the South South region.
2. Immediate relocation of the Lagos and Abuja state oil subsidiaries to the South-South region.
3. Immediate completion of the East-West highway under construction.
4. Immediate privatization of the two refineries in Port Harcourt and the one in Warri for their efficiency.
5. Request the release of all funds owed to NDDC and that from now on, all NDDC projects MUST be done in consultation with state governors.
6. Reactivation of the seaports of Calabar, Port Harcourt and Warri. Then the railway line from Lagos to Calabar.
7. True federalism, control of resources, fair distribution of income and state police, the best ingredients for a better Nigeria.
Source: -Igbere TV