South – South and South-East Governors have appealed to the Federal Government to increase revenue allocation to states in the two geo-political zones to reflect the current prices of crude oil in international market.
Governors in attendance at the meeting were; Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, while Deputy Governors Professor Ivara Esu and Dr Nkem Okeke of Anambra States represented their bosses.
The forum drew attention of the federal government towards ameliorating the suffering of the people through intervention in the refurbishment of critical infrastructure located in the zones and listed such amenities to include; the Port Harcourt International Airport, Margret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Sam Mbakwe International Airport Owerri as well as roads.
The request by the governors of the two geo-political zones was contained in a communique made available to newsmen after a closed door meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital at the weekend. The meeting was presided over by the host governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel saying that, increase allocation for states in the affected geo-political regions, would make them financially viable to be able to respond to the expectations of the people.
The Governors, who reiterated their decision to advance issues that would be politically and economically beneficial to the two zones, expressed worry at the dilapidated state of road infrastructure in the zones. They also called on the Federal Government to relinquish all federal roads to states where they are located, and facilitate concession of the roads to such states with adequate legislation.
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