No More open grazing, says Southern governors

No More open grazing, says Southern governors

 South, east and west which makes up the  17 states of the southern part of Nigeria have demanded through the governors that open grazing be banned. In line with the  call, the governors of the 17 states have officially banned all open grazing. 

 The governors also call on the  President,  Muhammadu Buhari, to address Nigerians on the key challenges of the  escalating insecurity and restore the confidence of the people.

The coalition of the southern governors forum stated this in a written 12-point communique and  was read by the Chairman, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Governor of Ondo State). 

The letter was made public at the end of its meeting held in Asaba,  Delta State.

The 17 governors made it known  that Nigerians from South remain committed to the unity of the country on the basis of oneness,  fairness, justice, equity and peaceful co-existence between the people with a focus on the achievement of shared objectives  for economic development and prosperity.

 “Southern Governors expressed very grave concern on the security challenges currently plaguing the nation and strongly urged that Mr. President should address Nigerians on the challenges of insecurity and restore the confidence of our people. 

“We observed that the incursion of armed herders, criminals, and bandits into the Southern part of the country has presented a severe security challenge such that citizens are not able to live their normal lives including pursuing various productive activities leading to a threat to food supply and general security.

“Consequently, the meeting resolved that open grazing of cattle be banned across Southern Nigeria.

“Agreed that the progress of the nation requires that urgent and bold steps be taken to restructure the Nigerian Federation leading to the evolution of state police, review of revenue allocation formula in favour of the sub-national governments and creation of other institutions which legitimately advance our commitment to and practice of true federalism.

“In view of widespread agitations among our various peoples for greater inclusiveness in existing governance arrangements, the Federal Government should convoke a national dialogue as a matter of urgency.”

The Governors expressed concern about the continued gridlock on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in Lagos state.

The governors in attendance were Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Dr Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) and  Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Others are Douye Diri (Bayelsa), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia),  Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Willie Obiano (Anambra). Imo and Akwa Ibom States were represented by their deputy governors, while Osun and Cross Rivers states were absent at the meeting.


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