South East, South South governors demand more monthly allocation

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South South and South East Governors Forum, has called for an increase in the monthly allocation to the two regions from the federation account.

The forum made the call, at its meeting held at the Akwa Ibom State Government House, in Uyo, on Sunday night.

Chairman of the forum, Governor Emmanuel Udom, speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting, express concern the monthly allocation is yet to reflect the on-going rise in the price of crude oil, in the world market.

The increase, according to him, is necessary, due to the financial crisis face by the state governments, when the oil price crashed.

While our collective resolve for an indivisible Nigeria remains a cherish response, we wish  to appeal to the Federal Government to demonstrate transparency  in the area of allocation of resources to different parts  of the country.

“It is indeed worrisome that allocations from the Federation Accounts do not seem to reflect  the increase of crude oil production and improve  in oil prices.

“If our people suffered on account of the slump in global oil prices, the rise in the oil prices should not only improve  allocations  to the states to enable the governors  meet  the expectations of their people, it will also help the  states  to develop in the areas  that  the Federal Government has been unable to reach out to the states,” he said

They also asked the Presidency to hand over all federal roads in the two regions to state governments in the regions.

In attendance at the meeting were governors of Rivers, Imo, Delta, Abia, Enugu and Abia states, as well as, deputy governors of Anambra and Cross River states.

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