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Govs accuse predecessors of interference

…backs FG’s action on N-Delta

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—THE thirty-six state governors under the aegis of Nigeria Governors’ Forum have accused their predecessors of meddlesomeness and interference in their activities, just as they stressed that they should emulate former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was not distracting his successor, Umaru Yar’Adua.

According to a source at the end of the meeting, the governors who noted that past State executives having spent eights years administering the affairs of their respective states, should as a matter of morality allow them to concentrate.

But the governors in a statement at the end of the forum’s meeting in Abuja, also unanimously agreed that there was the need for capacity building for them through retreats and other training programmes both locally and internationally which thus laid to rest controversy that had in the last few weeks surrounded the signing of the Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) with Harvard University by the Forum.

They stressed the urgent need for the Federal Government to make it possible for them to access the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to enable them augment the declining resources as well as cushion the effects of the global economic downturn that is presently affecting the states.

According to them, with the Excess Crude Account, there would be resources for them to pay the teachers as well as provide for their various states basic infrastructure, just as the governors have also agreed to set up standing Committees  to take care of varying areas of governance such as energy, healthcare, education, security, natural resources and environment, agriculture and water supply in order to enhance good governance at the State level.

“The Forum expressed support for their colleagues in the Niger Delta and throws weight behind the efforts of the Federal Government and the States in finding a lasting solution to the situation in the area”.


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