By Ayo Kehinde
Conveners in clockwise from top: Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and his Ebonyi and Ondo States, Dave Umahi and Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
The Southern Nigeria Governors Forum (SNGF), an umbrella body of elected governors of the states in the southern part of Nigeria, have met to discuss the worsening insecurity insecurity in the country.
Chairmen of governors forum in the three geo-political zones in the country, the Southeast, Southwest and South-south, namely Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, governor fo Delta State, convened the meeting.
Apart from the three conveners of the virtual meeting, the Ekiti State Governor who doubles as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi attended, alongside Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), and Lolo Cecilia Ezeilo (deputy governor of Enugu who represented the state governor).
Others are Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Okezie Victor Ikpeazu (Abia), Hope Uzodimma (Imo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos).
The governors reportedly called for commitment and unity in addressing issues that affect the country, particularly Southern Nigeria.
They also adopted to put the country first in the face of the trying times.
The Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, confirmed the meeting but said he had no details of the meeting.
He said, “I’m aware of the meeting, it was held virtually. 15 of the 17 governors attended the meeting. I’m only aware of the extent of the meeting but I don’t have the details.”