Southern Governors Forum Meets In Abeokuta (Photos, Full Gist)

Ten governors have arrived in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, for the Southern Governors' Forum meeting.

The governors are meeting at the presidential Lodge, Ibara housing, Abeokuta, the state capital.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos and the Chairman of South West Governors' Forum, led the pack of early callers at the meeting.

He was received by the host governor, Dapo Abiodun.

Other Governors who have arrived are Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Biodun Oyebanji (Ekiti), Alex Otti (Abia), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Ademola Adeleke (Osun), Bassey Otu (Cross River).
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Also on the ground are, Deputy Governors, Chinyere Ekomaru (Imo), Monday Onyeme (Delta) and Olayide Adelami (Ondo).

Governors from all the 17 Southern States are expected at the meeting.

The agenda of the convergence is not known yet, but the Southern Governors are meeting for the first time after the death of the late Rotimi Akeredolu, former Governor of Ondo State, who was the chairman of the forum until his demise.

18504414 20240624163033 jpeg3a0d0c16e6feee72d454c496da83d2dfThe forum has not elected a new chairman after Akeredolu's death in December 2023.

The Origin of the Southern Governors Forum

The first meeting of the southern governors in the 4th Republic was held in Lagos in October 2000. The Southern Governors Summit was used to coordinate the fight for resource control and more importantly, the fight against the onshore/offshore dichotomy. It was also used to demand for devolution of powers (state police, etc.).
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Offshore/Onshore Dichotomy.

The 1999 constitution stated that a percentage of mineral revenue that was derived from a state should be given to that state. It also stated that the National Assembly should meet to determine what the percentage would be, but it must not be less than 13%.
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The Federal Government led by President Olusegun Obasanjo paid the states 13% of the revenue derived from minerals in their states. This was because the National Assembly did not set any percentage, so the Federal Government simply used the percentage that was mentioned in the constitution.

However, there was a problem.

The Federal Government stated that any mineral (that is, crude oil) that was found in the ocean, off the continental shelf of a state, belonged to the Federal Government and it would not pay any derivation funds to any state for it.
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The states argued that they must have a share of the revenue from such minerals, regardless of the fact that they are in the ocean.
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The battle was waged in the National Assembly and in the courts. State governments sued the Federal Government. The state governors were meeting to coordinate their strategy, but then there was a division. A few northern state governments took the side of the Federal Government and so the Southern governors then decided to coordinate their strategy through the Southern Governors Forum.
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Politics crept in ahead of the 2007 elections and the Southern Governors Forum did not meet between 2005 and 2017. Their wives continued to hold meetings, but the Southern Governors Forum did not meet.
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Until recently, the host governor usually acted as chairman and spokesman of the forum.

List of Southern Governors Forum meetings

  • Southern Governors Forum meeting, Lagos, October 2000.
  • Southern Governors Forum meeting, Enugu, January 2001.
  • Conclave of Governors (report of the Southern Governors Summit in Enugu)
  • Southern Governors Forum meeting, Benin, March 2001.
  • Southern Governors Forum meeting, Ibadan, September 2001.
  • Southern Governors Forum meeting, Owerri, November 2001.
  • Southern Governors Forum meeting, Port Harcourt, March 2002
  • 7th Southern Governors Forum meeting, Akure, July 2002.
  • Southern Governors Forum meeting, February 2004
  • Southern Governors Forum meeting, Benin, December 2004
  • Nigeria: Southern Govs. Summit: Igbinedion Carpets FG Over Anambra Crisis
  • Nigeria: Deductions: Southern Govs Lash FG
  • Southern Governors Forum meeting, Lagos, February 2005
  • Udenwa makes case for southern governors forum. March 2005.
  • Southern Governors Forum To Meet In Lagos 12 Years After Last Meeting (Lagos, 2017)
  • Southern Governors Forum meeting, Asaba, May 2021
  • Southern Governors Forum meeting, Lagos, July 2021

Last updated on July 24th, 2024 at 06:45 am

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