‘ Nigeria almost becoming Venezuela’, PDP Govs demand State Police

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Governors elected on the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) platform on Monday reiterated their support for state policing as a solution to the country’s deteriorating security situation.
The opposition governors also lamented the naira’s free slide and its implications, urging the Federal Government’s economic team to find acceptable remedies to the problem.
The Forum’s Chairman, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, briefed journalists during a governors’ meeting in Abuja.

He decried the high cost of living in the country, and the value of the naira, saying, “We are almost on the road to Venezuela”, a country facing extreme economic and security hardship.

He said, “The meeting reviewed the state of the nation and noted the hardship being faced by Nigerians as a result of economic and security challenges facing the nation.

“The Forum consequently urges the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, embark on initiatives involving all the subnational governments to bring a lasting solution to the crisis.

“We reiterate our call for the state police with appropriate safeguards to avoid any abuse or overreach by any chair of government.

“The Forum decried the falling value of the naira and requested the monetary and fiscal authorities to find appropriate solutions.

“We have been partnering even as opposition to make sure that we don’t bring any distraction but certainly the monetary policies and the economic policies rest here and we know the majority of Nigerians live in the state and so we are doing so much across party lines on a bi-personal basis within the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and with the National Economic Council to make sure that we cushion the effect of some of these policies that have far-reaching consequences on our people.

“We supported the removal of subsidy, we thought there were safeguards; we believe that if we took collective decision we should go by it but certainly we have seen that it is a free fall for the naira. The cost of living is going high, we are almost on the road to Venezuela.”

Governors Siminalayi Fubara (Rivers State); Seyi Makinde (Oyo State); Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa State); Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau State); Dauda Lawal (Zamfara State); Kefas Agbu (Taraba State); Godwin Obaseki (Edo State) were in attendance. Also, the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Monday John Onyeme was present at the meeting.