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12 southern govs to meet to brainstorm on fiscal federalism, devolution of powers

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No less than 12 governors from the southern part of Nigeria will on Monday gather in Lagos State to look at ways of forging stronger ties for the three regions of Southeast, Southwest and South-south which make up that part of Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement the secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello, signed and released.
He said that the meeting will be co-hosted by the governors of Lagos and Akwa Ibom states, Akinwunmi Ambode and Emmanuel Udom, respectively.

The statement read in part, “The 2017 Lagos summit of the 17 Southern Governors representing the South South, South West and South East zones is expected to come up with a communiqué after the deliberation.

“It is noteworthy to recall that the inaugural meeting of the Southern Governors took place in Lagos in 2001 under the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

The statement went further to note that predominance of views is that if the Southern States speak with one voice, they are going to draw weighty and credible listenership.

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The 17 Southern States expected at the summit include Governors Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom; Ben Ayade- Cross Rivers State; Godwin Obaseki – Edo State; Nyesom Wike – Rivers State; Ifeanyi Okowa – Delta State; Seriake Dickson- Bayelsa and Rochas Okorocha- Imo State.
Others are Willie Obiano – Anambra State; Okezie Ikpeazu – Abia State; David Umahi – Ebonyi State; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi -Enugu State; Rauf Aregbesola – State of Osun; Abiola Ajimobi – Oyo; Ibikunle Amosun –Ogun; Oluwarotimi Akeredolu – Ondo; Ayodele Fayose – Ekiti and Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State.

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