Governors and stakeholders of the South-South on Tuesday, November 24, presented a 7-point demands before the Federal Government to meet the aspirations of the region.

The leaders made the demands during a meeting with the Presidential delegation led by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

They demanded for restructuring in line with the principles of true federalism to guarantee peace, security and stability of the country.


These are the 7-point demands of the South-South leaders:

Immediate relocation of headquarters of oil multinational to their operational bases in the South South region.

Immediate relocation of government -owned oil subsidiaries from Lagos and Abuja to the South South region.

Immediate completion of East-West road under construction.

Immediate privatisation of the two refineries in Port Harcourt and the one in Warri for effectiveness.

Call for release of all funds due NDDC and that henceforth, all NDDC projects MUST be done in consultation with State Governors.

Reactivation of sea ports in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Warri. Then, the Lagos to Calabar railine.

True federalism, resource control, fair revenue sharing and State Police, the best ingredients to achieving a better Nigeria.

Chairman of the South-South Governors forum, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, presented the demands of the zone during the regional stakeholders’ meeting.

Okowa explained that residents of South-South were committed to restructuring the country to guarantee true federalism and devolution of powers to the states to create and manage their own police and security architecture under a federal structure.

The Governors called for relocation of the headquarters of major oil companies, NNPC subsidiaries from Lagos and Abuja to the South-South region.

Speaking on the demands of the South-South leaders, the Chief of Staff said the stakeholders meeting was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the President ordered the presidential delegation comprising all the ministers from the region to visit and consult the representatives of the people regarding the recent EndSARS protest.

Gambari noted that reports indicated that there were instances , where breakdown of law and order was reported across various locations in the South-South States.

He commended the Governors of the South-South States for their prompt responses and actions in addressing the EndSARS crisis.

The Chief of Staff said he will convey the demands of the region to the President

Those who attended the meeting were Govovers Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Ben Ayade (Cross River); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom); Douye Diri (Bayelsa) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo).

Present at the meeting were: Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State; Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River; Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom; Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State; and Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.

Others were Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, DG Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta; Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum; Goddy Jedy Agba ,Minister of State, Power; Festus Keyamo, Minister of State, for Niger Delta; Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammad.

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi was, however, absent.


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