Governors Are Not Ganging Up Against FG, Says NGF

By Akin Akande, Abuja
The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has said that the forum was not forming itself into an opposition against the federal government.
Meanwhile, the forum has sought a final constitutional interpretation of all matters relating to the Excess Crude Account controversy between the federal and state governments.
Stating this on Tuesday, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi , the forum’s Chairman and Governor of Rivers state, said that the forum was only concerned about the unity and progress of the nation and its citizens.
Amaechi added that the forum would seek a final resolution from the Supreme Court on all matters relating to the controversy, as the body was dissatisfied with the “present attitude of the federal government on the Excess Crude Account.”
In its communiqué, the governor said, “The NGF therefore resolved to take no further adjournments in the subsisting case in court over the issue”.
The forum, it would be recalled, had last year resolved to challenge the federal government’s deductions from the excess crude account, which it was said had been used to offset the cost of the fuel subsidy.
Amaechi disclosed that the forum had also agreed to hold a two-day retreat on a date yet to be fixed to deliberate on the current state of the country`s security, adding that it also resolved to institute a monthly polio campaign to be headed by state governors.
He said: “This is to promote routine immunisation and healthy environment across the states of the federation.”
The NGF Chairman said that the governors would also met with the presidential task force on polio eradication to identify funding gaps and challenges against the scourge’s eradication in the country.
Those who were at meeting included the governors of Rivers, Ekiti, Ogun and Imo, Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Anambra, Bauchi, Adamawa, Gombe, Yobe, Jigawa, Delta, Ondo, Abia, Kogi and Oyo states.