The governors of Nigeria’s south-south zone have reaffirmed their support for a regional security organization.
The governors, who are part of the South-South Governors Forum, haven’t said when the security force will be activated.
The governors made the decision at a forum meeting in Port Harcourt on Monday.
Among the other resolutions passed at the conference, the forum decided that the governments of the region’s states will join the litigation contesting state governments‘ collection of Value Added Tax (VAT).
Ifeanyi Okowa, the forum’s chairman and the governor of Delta State, read out the resolutions and added, “We approve the regional security architecture, which would be launched very soon.”
He also stated that the governors “unambiguously support the decision for states to collect value added tax and resolve to join the case before the Supreme Court.”
They also requested that “the National Assembly and the President take the appropriate steps to evaluate some unjust parts of the recently signed Petroleum Industry Bill now Act to ensure justice and equity.”
Governors from Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers attended the conference.
Ben Ayade, the Governor of Cross Rivers State, was a different story.