To further enhance the efforts of security agencies and mitigate the rising insecurity in the nation, the coalition of South-South governors have, today, resolved to setup a regional security outfit.
This was among the decisions reached at the South-South Governors Forum meeting held at Government House, Asaba.
Briefing the press after the meeting, the Chairman South-South Governors Forum and governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, said the increasing spate of insecurity in the nation was worrisome hence the need to come out with an action plan to counter the ugly trend and guarantee peaceful coexistence.
He said modalities on the operations of the proposed regional security outfit would be worked out by member states of the BRACED Commission, which include the governments of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta.
Governor Okowa said the forum has resolved that all Commissioners for Health from states in the region would also immediately meet to work out modalities on how to curtail the laser fever epidemic and the dreaded Corona virus disease that is currently posing a challenge globally.
He said that while there was no known case of corona virus in South-South there was however, need to take proactive measures.
Speaking further, Gov. Okowa said the forum had also resolved that thirteen percent must be taken out of the funds from oil proceeds for oil producing states before the rest of the money is shared by Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).
The forum called on President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute the governing board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to enable it perform its constitutional mandate effectively and also resolved to provide logistics to revive the BRACED Commission because of its impact in regional economic growth and collective development of the region.
The meeting had in attendance the governors of Rivers, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Delta while the governor of Cross Rivers was unavoidably absent.
The Director General BRACED Commission Ambassador Joe Keshi was also at the meeting.