The governors of the Southern States have insisted that the next President of Nigeria must be from the South. This was part of the decisions reached at the meeting of the southern states governors in Lagos today July 5.
This was disclosed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state who is the Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, while reading from a communique jointly signed by the governors after a closed-door meeting in Alausa, Lagos State today July 5.
“The Forum reiterates its commitment to the politics of equity, fairness and unanimously agrees that the presidency of Nigeria be rotated between Southern and Northern Nigeria and resolved that the next president of Nigeria should emerge from the Southern Region” Governor Akeredolu said on behalf of the governors
The governors also reinstated calls for state police and commended security operatives for their efforts in restoring security and safety and commiserated with families and loved ones of those who have fallen in the line of duty.
The Forum commended the National Assembly for the progress made in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and rejected the proposed 3% and support the 5% share of the oil revenue to the host community as recommended by the House of Representatives.
See the full communique by the governors below
COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEETING OF THE GOVERNORS OF SOUTHERN NIGERIA AT THE LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, IKEJA, LAGOS STATE, ON MONDAY, 5TH JULY, 2021 NIGERIA.
The Southern Governors Forum at the end of the meeting held on Monday, 5th July 2021 reviewed the situation in the Country and focused on the current security situation, constitutional amendment, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
Rising from the meeting, the Forum agreed on the following:
- Re-affirmed their commitment to the unity of Nigeria on the pillars of equity, fairness, justice, progress, and peaceful co-existence between and amongst its people.
- The Forum reiterates its commitment to the politics of equity, fairness and unanimously agrees that the presidency of Nigeria be rotated between Southern and Northern Nigeria and resolved that the next president of Nigeria should emerge from the Southern Region.
- Security. a. The Forum reviewed the security situation in the country and commends security operatives for their relentless efforts in restoring security and safety and commiserates with families and loved ones of those who have fallen in the line of duty; b. Re-emphasized the need for State Police; c. Resolved that if for any reason security institutions need to undertake an operation in any State, the Chief Security Officer of the State must be duly informed; d. the forum frowns at selective criminal administration of Justice and resolved that arrests should be made within the ambit of the Law and fundamental human rights; e. Set a timeline of Wednesday, 1st September 2021 for the promulgation of the anti-open grazing law in all Member States; and f. Resolved that Funds deducted from the Federation Account for the Nigeria Police Security Trust Fund should be distributed among the States and Federal Government to combat security challenges.
- Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) Law: i. The Forum commends the National Assembly for the progress made in the passage of the PIB; ii. the Forum rejects the proposed 3% and support the 5% share of the oil revenue to the host community as recommended by the House of Representatives; iii. the forum also rejects the proposed 30% share of profit for the exploration of oil and gas in the basins; iv. However, the forum rejects the ownership structure of the proposed Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC). The Forum disagrees that the company be vested in the Federal Ministry of Finance but should be held in trust by Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) since all tiers of Government have stakes in that vehicle.
- In order to consolidate our democracy and strengthen the Electoral process, the Southern Governors’ Forum rejects the removal of the Electronic transmission of the election result from the electoral act; and also rejects the confirmation of exclusive jurisdiction in pre-election matters on the Federal High Court.
- The Forum unanimously chose Lagos State as its permanent secretariat and appreciated the Governor of Lagos State for the wonderful hosting of this meeting while commending him for his good work in the State.
Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu SAN
Governor, Ondo State, and Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum
Makinde commends Ayorinde’s commitment to Oyo on his birthday
Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has lauded the steadfastness and commitment of Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, to the state, describing the legal icon as a patriotic individual who has been making huge contributions to the progress of the state.
The governor stated this on Friday, while felicitating Ayorinde, who is the Special Counsel to the Oyo State Governor and a key member of the state’s Advisory Committee, on his birthday.
He noted that Ayorinde, as a member of the coalition of political parties that facilitated his victory in 2019, has remained a committed ally and an active member of the administration.
The governor stated that the legal luminary has not held anything back in supporting his administration’s agenda of taking the state from poverty to prosperity, adding that the legal luminary deserves to be celebrated.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as wishing the legal icon and son of a former Chief Judge of Oyo State a happy birthday filled with joy and satisfaction.
According to Makinde, Ayorinde has proven to be a dependable ally and a trustworthy son of Oyo State, who never holds back his support and dedication in working for the progress of Oyo State.
According to the governor, Ayorinde remains one of the last men standing among the chieftains of coalition parties, having surrendered the gubernatorial ticket of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to support him in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.
Security forces kill scores of Boko Haram, bandits in Borno, Kaduna
Combined ground and air assault by security forces killed scores of Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in Borno and Kaduna states.
The Defence Headquarters of the Nigerian military said the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole eliminated several Boko Haram terrorists in an air attack on the Wamdeo-Chul axis in the Southern part of Borno.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja said the air strike also destroyed two gun trucks belonging to the terrorists.
Enenche said the feat was achieved on Tuesday, when the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter gunships was deployed to provide close air support to ground troops as they repelled terrorists.
He said the terrorists attempted to breach the two locations when the troops repelled them.
According to him, upon sighting the NAF helicopter gunships, the terrorists, mounted on gun trucks and motorcycles, attempted to beat a hasty retreat whilst firing at the attack aircraft.
“However, they were hit by the helicopters’ barrage of rocket and cannon fire, which resulted in the immobilization of two of the gun trucks, one of which was seen engulfed in flames.
“Several of the terrorists were also neutralized in the attack, while a few others were mopped-up as the helicopters continued to strafe the fleeing insurgents.”
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government on Wednesday disclosed that armed bandits on about 50 motorcycles were sighted fleeing towards Farin Ruwa, and were struck effectively by the gunship.
The State Government disclosed that over 50 armed bandits were killed in a combined ground and air assault by security forces in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state.
The state’s commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
An official on Monday disclosing how security forces killed at least 10 bandits at Kwanan Bataru, on the outskirts of Fatika in Giwa local government area of the state.
Both Giwa and Birnin Gwari are among council areas in Kaduna in the frontline of banditry.
“In an inspiring success for the security forces, over 50 bandits have been neutralised during a combined ground and air assault in the Saulawa-Farin Ruwa axis of Birnin Gwari LGA,’ Aruwan said.
“According to operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government from the Command of the Joint Operations, a Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship provided close air support to ground troops advancing from the Dogon Dawa-Damari-Saulawa axis.
“Following extensive scans, bandits were spotted on five motorcycles, about 4km east of Saulawa, waiting to ambush the ground forces. They were engaged vigorously by the helicopter gunship, and were wiped out.
“After this, armed bandits on about 50 motorcycles were sighted fleeing towards Farin Ruwa, and were struck effectively by the gunship. Fleeing remnants were mopped up by ground forces.
“A second helicopter gunship joined the operations, and many more fleeing bandits were neutralised by precise strikes. Assessment revealed that more than 50 bandits were neutralised during the joint operation.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed his satisfaction at the operational feedback, and congratulated the ground troops and gunship crews on the rout. He urged them to sustain the momentum and bring even more bandits to their bitter end,” Mr Aruwan said in the statement.
Makinde to access 1.68 per cent of Natural Resources Fund to revitalise Oyo tourism sector, economy
Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, said that his government will access 1.68 per cent Development of Natural Resources Fund (DNRF), with the aim of revamping, revitalizing and repositioning the state’s economy.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Governor stated this while playing host to the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, led by the Chairman, Fiscal Efficiency and Budget Committee, Alhaji Adamu Shettima Yuguda, at the Government House, Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Governor maintained that the fund would be injected into the development of tourism, solid mineral resources and trade through infrastructure for the betterment of the state, and also set legacy for coming administrations.
He said: “I am happy that you have acceded to the request to come to Oyo State. At least, you can see us in our basic elements and I have seen your programme. You have the opportunity to see the state as we are.
“We are focused on three major areas in our request. On tourism, if you look at the suspended lake at Ado Awaye, it is one of only two in the entire world. One is here and one is in the United States. We hope to develop ours and we have fixed the road to develop it from Moniya to Iseyin, and you are going to pass on that road as you are going on. You can see the vision while driving towards that side.
“Also, in Oyo State, just like in Zamfara, we are blessed with solid natural resources. So, we are also looking at development in that area.
“As you pass towards the road to Ado Awaye as well, look at your right and left, we have lithium; and lithium is basically the gold for the future because all these electric vehicles, which is the way the world is moving towards as far as vehicle transportation is concerned, they will be run by batteries made from lithium. We believe we are sitting on the future gold. So, we want to develop on that.
“Also, on trade, I understand you want to visit the Bola Ige International Market. When you visit, you will see the bus terminals that we are currently building. Every time you go to the airport, you see people coming from Amsterdam. When they put down their bags, you see the inscription ‘see, buy and fly’. That is what they write on the bag. But here in Oyo State, as you pass by, we want you to see, ‘stay if possible and spend some money within our environment here.’
“So, accessing this fund for us will allow us to even do more and I am glad that our own representative at RMAFC is here. I did not appoint him but he was appointed by the previous administration. But for us, we know that players of politics will come and go but our state will remain.
“So, we are working together not minding where we are on the political divide because we know our state is our state and whatever we do, the people coming behind us will take it up from whatever we have been able to achieve.
“If we build 10 kilometres of road and we build it solidly, the next people coming don’t need to do up to that. They can add 5 kilometres to it or even 20 kilometres. So, that is why we have made that request and I am glad that you have been firm and fair to us.”
Earlier in his address, the Chairman Fiscal Efficiency and Budget Committee of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Alhaji Shettima, stated that the visit was part of the requirements for accessing the requested funds, adding that the aim of establishing the 1.68 per cent DNRF is to achieve resource diversification and provide alternative source of revenue to all the three tires of government in Nigeria.
He however eulogized the great achievements of the Makinde-led administration within two years, despite the challenges of COVID-19 that devastated the Nigerian economy and Oyo State in particular.
“Your Excellency, you may wish to recall that on 25th August, 2021, the Oyo State Government under your able leadership made a request to the commission to access the sum of one hundred and twelve billion, three hundred and fifty million naira only (N112,350,000,000.00) from the 1.68 per cent Development of Natural Resources Fund (DNRF) grant for projects aimed at revamping, revitalizing and repositioning the State’s economy for self-sufficiency, through the 20-year Oyo State Development Plan (OSDP).
“Permit me at this juncture, Your Excellency, to mention that the 1.68 per cent Development of Natural Resources Fund is one of the items under the Special Fund established by the Revenue Allocation (Federation Account, etc.) Act, CAP A15 LFN 2004. The Fund receives direct allocation from the Federation Account on a monthly basis which is added to the share of the Federal Government of Nigeria to be kept in trust for the three-tiers of Government. The aim of establishing the 1.68 per cent DNRF is to achieve resource diversification and provide an alternative source of revenue to all not only to the Federal Government but the other two tiers of Government.
“Consequently, to access funds from the Account, the Commission has an established procedure which requires a formal presentation by the state making the request to the Commission. The Commission, through its Committee on Fiscal Efficiency & Budget, will undertake a physical visit to verify and certify the reliability of the issues contained in the letter of request as well as those raised during the presentation.
“Your Excellency Sir, permit me to associate myself and Members of this Committee to the great achievements of your administration within two years despite the challenges of Covid-19 that has devastated the Nigerian economy and Oyo State in particular.