Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for the restructuring of the country that will see to devolution of more powers and functions to states instead of the federal government as presently structured.
This, was amongst several resolutions reached by the governors who rose from a meeting on Monday in Ibadan, Oyo State.
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The meeting, presided by the Chairman of the PDP’s Governors’ Forum and Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal also backed the recent resolution by Southern Governors Forum on open grazing saying ranching is the only solution to the persistent herders/farmers clashes in the country.
Tambuwal, in the 6 point communique at the end of the one-day consultative meeting, advised President Muhammad Buhari to immediately send an executive bill to the National Assembly to amend the country’s Constitution to devolve more powers to the States, with respect to security arrangements culminating in some form of State Policing and the general security architecture.
“In the interim, Mr President should summon an immediate meeting of the Nigerian Police Council, which comprises Mr President and all State Governors and other critical stakeholders to evolve and implement strategies to combat the present threats to our union, especially with respect to policing.”
“the Police Force still remains the appropriate institution to secure our democracy and should not be subjected to personal attacks. The welfare, training, equipment, funding of all security agencies should be given priority.”
Governors at the meeting are Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor of Bayelsa, Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, Governor of Adamawa, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Enugu state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, Akwa Ibom, Udoh Emmanuel, Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.
Zamfara State was represented by the deputy governor, Mahdi Gusau. States not represented are Abia, Cross River and Taraba.