Just In: Conclusions of Southern Governors Meeting In Enugu …

The just concluded Southern Governors forum in Enugu State, has reiterated its stand that, “the collection of VAT falls within the powers of the States; and that the “the next President of Nigeria must come from the Southern part of Nigeria.”


Other conclusions bothered on the insistence on Anti- Open Grazing Laws in Southern states, and the “full operationalization of already agreed regional security outfits” for the Southern states.


Below is the communique issued at the end of the meeting, which was signed by the Governors.




The Nigerian Southern Governors’ Forum at its meeting of today, Thursday, 16th September 2021 held in the Government House, Enugu, Enugu State reviewed the state of the nation and the progress of implementation of the decisions reached in her previous meetings and further resolved as follows: 


1. Expressed satisfaction with the rate at which the States in the Southern Nigeria are enacting or amending the Anti- Open Grazing Laws which align with the uniform template and aspiration of Southern Governors and encouraged the States that are yet to enact this law to do so expeditiously. 


2. Encouraged the full operationalization of already agreed regional security outfits; which would meet, share intelligence and collaborate, to ensure the security and safety of the region. 


3. Reaffirmed its earlier commitment to fiscal federalism as resolved at the inaugural meeting of the Forum held on Tuesday, 11th May 2021 at Asaba, Delta State and emphasized the need for the Southern States to leverage the legislative competence of their respective State Houses of Assembly as well as representation in the National assembly to pursue its inclusion in the Nigerian Constitution through the ongoing constitutional amendment.


4. Following from paragraph “3” above, the meeting resolved to support the position that the collection of VAT falls within the powers of the States. 


5. Expressed satisfaction with the handling of issues around the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) and ownership of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the larger Nigerian Governors’ Forum.


6. Reiterated their earlier position that the next President of Nigeria must come from the Southern part of Nigeria in line with politics of equity, justice and fairness.


7. The Forum thanked the host Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and chose Rivers State as the next host for the Southern Governors’ Forum meeting in November 2021.


Rotimi Akeredolu Aketi SAN

Governor, Ondo State and Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum.

His Excellency 

Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Lawrence Ugwuanyi 

Governor, Enugu State                                 

His Excellency Governor Gboyega, Osun State  

His Excellency Dr. Governor Ifeanyi A. Okowa Governor, Delta State                                   

Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu 

Governor of Lagos State

His Excellency, UDOM Emmanuel 

Governor of Akwa Ibom

His Excellency Sen. Douye Diri 

Governor, Bayelsa State                              

His Excellency Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike – CON                       Governor, Rivers State

His Excellency, Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun – MFR 

Governor, Ogun State

His Excellency, Hon. Rt. Hon. Comrade PhiliP Shaibu         

Deputy Governor Edo State                          

Prof. Placid Njoku 

Deputy Governor, Imo State  

His Excellency Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi

Deputy Governor, Ekiti State 

His Excellency Sir Ude Oko Chukwu

Dep. Governor, Abia State     

His Excellency, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe      

 Deputy Governor Ebonyi State                      

His Excellency, Rauf Olaniyan 

Deputy Governor, Oyo State

His Excellency 

Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu

Dep. Governor, Cross River State.

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