Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Excess Crude Account - Governors Seek Suprme Court Interpretation

The Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) yesterday rose from a meeting in Abuja with the resolve to seek a final constitutional interpretation of all matters relating to the Excess Crude Account controversy between the federal and state governments.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the forum's chairman and Governor of Rivers, Chibuike Amaechi, said the body would seek "a final resolution from the Supreme Court" on all matters relating to the controversy."

Amaechi said the resolve became necessary because the forum had been dissatisfied with the "present attitude of the Federal Government on the Excess Crude Account."

Amaechi said all the 36 state governors remained resolute in ensuring the development of their states for the benefit of the nation and its citizens.

He said the forum also resolved to hold a two-day retreat on a date yet to be fixed to deliberate on the current state of insecurity.

The meeting, which was held at the Rivers State Governor's Lodge in the Abuja, was attended by governors of Rivers, Ekiti, Ogun and Imo. Others are governors of Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Anambra, Bauchi, Adamawa, Gombe, Yobe, Jigawa, Delta, Ondo, Abia, Kogi and Oyo states.

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