Governors meet on Constitution amendment

Governors will meet today in Abuja to begin the consideration of knotty issues in the report of their 10-man panel on constitution amendment. The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) will also hold talks on other national matters, including the controversy trailing the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which is assuming a North-South problem, and the new Revenue Allocation Formula. According to sources, the 36 governors will start discussion on knotty issues in the Committee’s report and matters arising in the ongoing constitution amendment. The panel, headed by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, submitted the report last year but the forum was unable to discuss the recommendations. Some of the issues in the template are single tenure of five, six or seven years; state police; true federalism; rotation of the presidency between the North and the South; creation of one new state from each of the nation’s six geopolitical zones; inclusion of the six geopolitical zones in the constitution, tenure for local government chairmen, 50 per cent control of resources by states; and abolition of State Joint Local Government Account and State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs).


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