19 February 2013

Nigeria: Governors Forum Meets in Abuja to Deliberate On Pressing National Issues

Governors under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) will meet Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Abuja to deliberate on pressing national issues.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting would be the second the forum will be holding in the year and is expected to be attended by the 36 state governors.

A source at the NGF Secretariat told NAN on Tuesday that the governors would use the meeting to review their stance on the ongoing constitution amendment process and the country's security challenges with a view to proffering solutions.

According to the source, the governors will also deliberate on the 2013 budget and the forum's litigation against the Federal Government at the Supreme Court.

The governors are presently challenging the Federal Government's deductions from the Excess Crude Account to offset fuel subsidy.

They are asking the court to compel the Federal Government to adhere to the provisions of the constitution with regards to deduction from the account.

The governors are uncomfortable with the continued deduction of oil subsidy money from the excess crude account, saying the deduction negated the principle of federalism and budgetary provision.

During their meeting on Oct. 18, 2012, the governor constituted a seven-man committee to engage and collaborate with the National Assembly on the ongoing constitution review process.

The governors are also opposed to granting autonomy to the local government councils.

The NGF is an umbrella association of the 36 governors of the federation irrespective of party affiliation NAN.

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