On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, south-south governors restated their demand for restructuring and 13 percent derivation from the federal government. Seriake Dickson, the Bayelsa state governor and spokesman of the forum, made this known in a communique released after a one-day meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers. The governor said that the forum also demanded a 13 percent derivation from the $1 billion withdrawn from the excess crude account by the federal government for security. According to governor Dickson, the demand was in the spirit and clamour for restructuring and in line with true federalism.
He also said that the demand, was in accordance with the constitutional provision. According to him, the forum was not against the amount withdrawn by the federal government to fight insecurity in the country. The communique read: “The South-South Governors Forum supports the clamour for restructuring, fiscal federalism and devolution of power from the centre to the federating units”. “The governors said for Nigeria to be stable, peaceful and prosperous, it should be restructured. They vowed to work with like minds to make it a reality”. Governor Dickson noted that the forum expressed support for the devolution of powers among the federating states. The forum, he said, called for the withdrawal from the national assembly a bill on the management and administration of water resources. The governors who attended the meeting include: Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Dickson of Bayelsa. While Ben Ayade of Cross River was absent. Also absent was the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki.