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Jonathan, governors from oil producing states meet

By The Rainbow
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President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday met behind closed doors with governors of oil producing states in Nigeria at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

It was not clear what was the agenda of the meeting but presidency sources said the purpose of the meeting centred on how to improve oil production in the region.

The governors in attendance were Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Theodore Orji (Abia); Lyel Imoke (Cross Rivers); Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta) and Adams Oshiomhole (Edo).

Bayelsa and Imo States governors were represented by their deputy governors at the Monday meeting which was also attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo and some other top government officials.

The governors refused to speak with reporters at the end of the meeting.

While Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and Mr Theodore Orji told journalists that Godswill Akpabio would brief on the outcome of the meeting, while the Akwa Ibom State Governor in turn told reporters that he was not mandated by the President to brief anyone on the outcome of the meeting and so would not.

These states are seen as major revenue generating state since most of Nigeria's revenue is generated from oil exploration.

However, the revenue from the oil and gas sector is depleting due to increasing oil theft, a development that must have been discussed at the meeting.

Security agencies are increasing surveillance of oil pipelines across the nation to check the activities of those stealing the nation's oil.