According to a communiqué read by Chairman of the Forum and Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at the end of the meeting in the early hours yesterday, the governors said they do not engage in diversion of council funds and demanded a review of the revenue sharing formula in the country.
The communiqué read: “… It is the state government that has been supporting and subsidizing funding for the local government. So, we call on the federal government and agency in charge to name the state governments and tell us the date and people in charge at the time when this diversion took place,” he said.
They further declared readiness to pay the new minimum wage to alleviate the plight of workers.
The PDP governors also expressed deep concern over the politicization of security apparatus by the federal government; hence support the growing call for the establishment of State Police as a response to the worsening security situation across the country.
They commended judiciary officers for exhibiting uncommon courage and professionalism in the discharge of their responsibilities, despite the difficult circumstances.
Other governors at the meeting were Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Darius Ishaku (Taraba); Bala Mohammed (Bauchi); Adamu Fintiri (Adamawa); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Nyesome Wike (Rivers); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom); Emeka Ihedioha (Imo); Bello Mohammed Mutawalle (Zamfara) and Deputy Governor of Benue State.
When asked what he was unable to accomplished while in office, the former governor said: “What happened actually, more especially the way it happened to me, was that I thought I am going to hand over to a person who knows where I stopped and who is going to continue from where we stopped, as a party.
“Unfortunately, that was not how God designed it to be. I left a lot of things I wanted to accomplish, such as the state university. I wanted the project to reach 60 to 70 per cent completion stage, so that the young person will complete it. The Anka Bagega road is one of the projects I wanted to achieve 100 per cent, but I couldn’t because of the financial crisis.”
The former governor also identified persistent insecurity in the state as one of the things he was unable to tackle, despite a huge amount of funds invested by his administration and called on all stakeholders to give the present government the necessary support for ending armed banditry in the state.
“I have inherited insecurity challenges in Zamfara and I have never wished to leave the office with security challenges. So many resources were spent, many lives were lost and many properties were damaged due to insecurity.
“I call on the people of Zamfara State to cooperate with the security agencies and support government policy that will bring security in the state and Nigeria in general. Without that, I don’t think there would be any meaningful development.
“We have to come together and support the government, irrespective of political differences, for the sake of a prosperous Zamfara state,” he said.
Yari assured that the state chapter of APC would play credible opposition to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, pointing out that APC, as an opposition political party would offer constructive criticisms that would assist the PDP-led state government in delivering dividends of democracy to the people.
“Ours is not going to be the type that only criticises against even the best of the decision by the government.
Zamfara politics is one family, even though we have our resolved and unresolved differences. We are organising ourselves for a stronger political party come 2023,” he added.