The governors in 17 states of the southern a part of Nigeria have requested President Muhammadu Buhari to deal with Nigerians on the challenges of insecurity and restore the individuals’s confidence.
The discussion board acknowledged this in a 12-point communique learn by its Chairman, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on the finish of its four-hour assembly held in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The assembly was silent on rising requires Buhari’s elimination.
The governors affirmed that the individuals of Southern Nigeria stay dedicated to the unity of Nigeria based mostly on justice, equity, fairness, oneness, and peaceable co-existence between and amongst its peoples with a give attention to the attainment of shared targets for financial improvement and prosperity.
Akeredolu mentioned, “Southern governors expressed very grave concern on the safety challenges presently plaguing the nation and strongly urged that Mr. President ought to deal with Nigerians on the challenges of insecurity and restore the arrogance of our individuals.
“We noticed that the incursion of armed herders, criminals, and bandits into the southern a part of the nation had offered a extreme safety problem such that residents will not be in a position to stay their on a regular basis lives, together with pursuing numerous productive actions resulting in a risk to meals provide and common safety.
“Consequently, the assembly resolved that open grazing of cattle be banned throughout southern Nigeria.
“Agreed that the progress of the nation requires that pressing and daring steps be taken to restructure the Nigerian federation resulting in the evolution of state police, evaluation of income allocation system in favour of the sub-national governments and creation of different establishments which legitimately advance our dedication to and apply of true federalism.
“Due to widespread agitations amongst our numerous peoples for larger inclusiveness in current governance preparations, the Federal Authorities ought to convene a nationwide dialogue as a matter of urgency.
The discussion board expressed concern concerning the continued gridlock on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
The assembly, subsequently, advisable the activation and institution of ports in different states of the federation to create new jobs and promote socio-economic actions within the nation.
The Southern Governors additionally expressed concern concerning the financial implications of one other lockdown on the nation. They, subsequently, prompt larger coordination and cooperation between Federal and State Governments in evolving methods for coping with the pandemic.
Fifteen governors had been in attendance on the assembly.
They’re Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Dr Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos).
Others are Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Willie Obiano (Anambra). Imo and the Akwa Ibom States had been represented by their deputy governors, whereas Osun and Cross Rivers states had been absent on the assembly.
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