Governors and other stakeholders from the south-south region met with a delegation from the federal government on Tuesday, November 24, in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff, Professor Agboola Ibrahim Gambari, led the federal government's delegation to the meeting.
The meeting was convened to address the fall-outs of the #EndSARS protests and other issues of major concern in the region.
The chairman of the South-South Governors Forum and Governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa, tabled some key demands before the delegation on behalf of the region.
Legit.ng lists in this piece the key demands made by the south-south region.
1. Restructuring, true federalism and the devolution of powers
2. Relocation of the headquarters of all major oil companies to the south-south
3. Establishment of state police forces
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4. Completion of the East-West Road and all other federal roads in the region
5. Rehabilitation of the region’s major seaports in Port Harcourt, Calabar and Warri
Nigerians react to south-south's demands on social media
MYRO, @YesMyro, reacting to the demands, said:
"This is a reasonable gesture. Na now una start talk"
Philip isioma osadume, @IsiomaOsadume, said:
"I pray the demands are met cause we have been marginalized enough.
"Thanks my able Governor for your gallant move. but please don't compromise cause your people have hope in you. We are solidly behind your great move"
Mamozee, @uzeziow, commented:
"Well done. Do you think the current administration will foresee awesome insights in these request thus aligning with you and your colleagues."
Stanley Omokete, @SOmokete, commented:
"Good move by the good Leaders of south-south, but my worries remain; are you going to hold onto the demands until we see them achieved?"
Vinny, @vincent_owhor, said:
"The Northern Governors in a similar situation would have marched to Aso Rock and demanded to meet with the President directly. It doesn't sit right with me that Buhari sent his Chief of Staff for this 'important' meeting. Is he really that busy?"
In another report, Yoruba leaders have also urged President Buhari to ensure that Nigeria is brought back to true federalism to avert a crisis like the one witnessed during the EndSARS protest.
The resolution was made on Sunday, November 8, via a 13-point communique released when the Yoruba leaders including monarchs and ministers from the southwest region met in Lagos
While backing the growing call for restructuring, they also concluded that corporate existence is the only way to foster the unity of Nigeria and explore its diversity for greatness.
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