- Political leaders in the southwest region have made some demands following discussions of the review of the constitution
- The South West Governors’ Forum submitted their proposals in a document presented to lawmakers from the geopolitical zone
- The leaders met recently and pledged to work together for the benefit of their people in the region of the country
Abuja - The conversion of Nigeria's present six geopolitical zones into federating units has been proposed by Nigerian governors in the southwest geopolitical zone.
The proposal was submitted in a document by the governors to members of the National Assembly from the region as part of discussions for the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution, The Punch reports.
The governors in a meeting with the lawmakers in Abuja also made other proposals to weaken the central government, while allocating more powers to the federating units and states.
The constitution should be amended
In another report by ThisDay, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, the chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum, after the meeting had stated that the region would be approaching the amendment with a common front.
Another major proposal in the governor's presentation is an amendment to the local government.
The forum added that the constitution be amended to provide for a number of local governments or such autonomous administrative units to be created by the respective federating units or states.
The governors also want the southwest states to be in charge of mineral resources within their respective territories.
They also proposed that the section of the 1999 constitution giving the federal government powers to create states be amended.
Southwest governors, federal lawmakers meet to agree on Yoruba agenda
Southwest governors, senators, and House of Representatives members have agreed to present a common position for Nigeria’s constitution review.
They also set up a committee to harmonise the positions of the governors and lawmakers from the zone.
The agreement was reached after their Tuesday, July 6, meeting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The meeting was attended by the six southwest governors and the National Assembly members from the zone.