Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi
By Chuks Okocha
Governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) rose from their meeting on Wednesday with a damning condemnation of the Federal Government management of the security situation in the country. Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, said: “The level of violence and insecurity across the nation has become a national embarrassment.”
This position by the governors formed the major highpoint of their meeting at the Rivers State Government House, Abuja.
The governors had first met in the afternoon between 12.30pm to 2.40pm and later adjourned to 8pm to allow more to attend, but still only 12 governors and the deputy governor of Lagos State were in attendance.
Governors who were in attendance included Abia, Sokoto, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross River, Imo, Anambra, Kogi and Amaechi.
Miffed by the absence of his colleagues the chairman of the forum said that the main item of the meeting, which included discussion on the planned removal of the immunity clause and amendment to the revenue sharing formula was differed to another meeting to enable all the governors to be in attendance.
According to one of the governors that spoke in confidence, “the two issues are weighty and therefore require the presence of at least 30 governors. So, it is because of this, that it was agreed that the two issues be put off to another date.”
Reading the communiqué of the meeting which ended in the late hours of the day, Amaechi said: “Forum emphatically condemned the level of violence and insecurity across the nation, which has become a national embarrassment. It pleaded for greater understanding among Nigerians and resolved to hold a brainstorming session for the sole purpose of addressing the insecurity challenges in the country.”
He said the brainstorming security session would take place in June, stressing that: “As part of efforts to mitigate the lingering security challenges, forum members committed to creating an enabling environment for the economic development and challenging of more resources towards the empowerment of the citizenry, especially youths, women and the vulnerable.”
Amaechi also said the meeting had resolved to hold the chairmen of the various local government council and other relevant stakeholders accountable for the outbreak of polio in their domain.