South-west Govs Adopt Resolution Over Forest Management Across Region

South-West Governors adopted the resolution by the National Economic Council on forest ownership as well as management across the country.

This was stated by the Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum as well as Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu; after a security meeting in the Oyo State Government House in Ibadan.

Akeredolu told journalists that in line with NEC’s position, all the states should be in charge of their forests.

They also agreed that stronger measures must be taken by the South-West governors; to tighten security around border areas to stop the incursion of foreign herdsmen.

The meeting also deliberated on the need for government to support cattle breeding and other agricultural production; and hence resolved that government must help with enablers to discourage open grazing across the country.

“We believe that all the states should be in a position to manage their forests,” Akeredolu said.

“And that will give enough room to determine who and who are there; what purpose are they serving; and where you have people there illegally, the state should be able to take some steps; so that we can preserve our forests”

The meeting had been scheduled at the instance of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

But Prof Gambari was absent, as he could not fly out of Abuja due to bad weather.

Also, absent for the same reason was the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi.

The meeting had in attendance five governors including the host, Governor Makinde; Governors Akeredolu of Ondo; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti; Gboyega Oyetola of Osun; and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.

The meeting equally had in attendance the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of South-West, David Folawiyo, and security chiefs serving in Oyo State.

Others included the chairmen of Council of Traditional Rulers in each of the South-West states; and some first-class monarchs.

According to Akeredolu, the meeting was held to find lasting solutions to the lingering security issues in the zone.

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