What South-West Governors Discussed With Traditional Rulers Over Insecurity
In a bid to address the security challenges rocking the South-west of Nigeria, the governors in the geopolitical zone on Saturday met with traditional rulers at the Oyo State Government House in Agodi, Ibadan.
The major highlight of the meeting was to find lasting solutions to the killings and kidnapping for ransom that have become the order of the day and the seeming helplessness of security operatives to tackle rising crimes.
The assembly also addressed the instances of farmers-herders clashes, leading to deaths, destruction of farms and different treasured homes.
The political and conventional leaders also unanimously agreed that open grazing had turn out to be unsustainable and ought to be stopped.
The meeting became attended through governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, and Seyi Makinde of Oyo.
The traditional rulers in attendance encompass Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi; Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji; Akarigbo of Remo, Babatunde Ajayi, and Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan.
Addressing reporters after the meeting, Mr Akeredolu, who's the chairman of the South-west Governors Forum, stated the authorities must exchange the exercise of open grazing by way of livestock breeders.
“We discussed that as we're helping other areas of farming, like rice farmers and others, the want for government to guide livestock breeding is now. And one of the methods we can guide livestock breeding is to trade the ways and way that livestock breeders are adopting now.
“So, you may locate specified grazing regions in which you can graze, you may have feed turbines where you may feed, you do now not have to trek together with your herds from a long way.
“But, matters on the way to lead to open grazing in these modern instances ought to be checked out and the nation and federal government, in particular, have to supply guide as a lot as we can to livestock breeders.”
Mr Akeredolu stated the leaders agreed that the influx of foreign herdsmen into the country because of porous borders is likewise causing security troubles to the region and have to be addressed.
“We all agreed that our borders have become too porous and that we want to do some thing urgently to save you foreign herdsmen from coming into this u . S . Without any form of warning due to the fact some of them have are available with their herds and what they do is of difficulty to us.
“We all consider that our borders want to be checked and we need to tighten our borders so that all those foreigners from Niger republic and those beyond bordering states don’t are available with their herds and break our farms.”
Speaking on forest control, the leaders agreed that wooded area control and renovation is the obligation of the states and ought to be properly looked at not to house criminals.
“We all agreed that the time is now that we guide the decision of National Economic Council (NEC) about woodland management and they believe that every one the states have to be in a position to control their forest and on the way to provide sufficient room with a purpose to decide who's there, what motive are they serving, and wherein you have got human beings illegally.
“The state need to be capable of take some steps so you can hold our woodland,” he said.
Others who attended the meeting had been the Deputy Inspector General of Police, David Folawiyo; Oyo Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko; Garrison Commander, 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Adesoji Ogunsugba; top officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Air pressure.[NewsNaira]