Governors of the South-South states on Thursday, March 5, have joined South-West zone to create their own Regional Security outfit over insecurity in the area.
They announced this on Thursday and were immediately made available to newsmen.
Speaking during a meeting in Asaba, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State said the move is necessary to address the security challenges facing the oil-rich states.
This is coming days after Houses of Assembly in the South-West passed the bill for the Operation Amotekun.
Okowa also said that he and his colleague in the region deliberated on the resuscitation of the Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross-Rivers, Edo and Delta (BRACED) Commission.
The Commission, according to the governors, will harmonise policies that would drive the economic cooperation and integration and set member states on a path for rapid economic growth and development.
Similarly, the governors called on the Federal Government to deduct the thirteen per cent derivation from the source before allocation to states.
“And we need to stress that in any allocation that is being done, 13 per cent derivation must first be taken out of the funds that come from oil revenue before the rest of the funds is shared out,” Okowa said.
On the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the governors called for a meeting of health commissioners in the region to map out preventive measures.