Tuesday, 28 November 2017

S’East, S’South Govs’ To FG; We Want More Increase In Revenue Allocation For Zones

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Governors of South-south and southeast geo-political zones has appealed to federal government to increase revenue allocation to states within the two zones to reflects the current prices of crude oil in the international market.

The request by the governors of the two geo-political zones was contained in a communique made available to newsmen after a closed door meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital at the weekend.

 The meeting which was presided over by the host governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel said that  increased allocation for states in the affected geo-political regions, would make them financially viable to be able to respond to the  expectations of the people.

The governors, who reiterated their decision to advance issues that would be politically and economically beneficial to the two zones, expressed worry at the dilapidated state of road infrastructure in the zones. They also called on the Federal Government to relinquish all federal roads to states where they are located, and facilitate concession of the roads to such states with adequate legislation.

The forum drew the attention of the federal government towards ameliorating the suffering of the people through intervention in the refurbishment of critical infrastructure located in the zones  and listed such amenities  to include;
 the Port Harcourt International Airport;Margret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar;Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu; Sam Mbakwe International Airport Owerri as well as roads.

 “Worried about the abysmal state of road infrastructure in the zones, The Forum proposed that the federal government relinquishes all ‘federal’ roads to states where such roads are located and facilitate legislation that would ease concession of the roads. “In the interim, the forum appeals to the federal government to intervene urgently to improve on the current state of some critical infrastructural facilities located in the zone. Some of these facilities include: The Port Harcourt International Airport; the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar; the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Sam Mbakwe International Airport; and several other roads located in the zone.

 “The forum noted the rather shoddy approach to infrastructural development by some intervention agencies of the federal government operating in the regions and appealed to the federal government to urge these agencies to liaise with the respective state governments in the identification and execution of infrastructural projects.

Governors in attendance at the meeting were; Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State;Nyesom Wike of Rivers State; Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State; Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; while Deputy Governors Professor Ivara Esu of Cross River and Dr Nkem Okeke of Anambra states represented their bosses. The South-East/South-South Governors Forum is aimed at forging an economic and political alliance between Nigeria’s South-south and South-east regions.

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