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Southern Governors Forum has expressed satisfaction over enactment of Anti open grazing laws.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that the Nigerian Southern Governors Forum on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the rate at which southern states are enacting anti open grazing laws.
The Governors in a meeting that was hosted by the Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state disclosed that the enactment of the laws are align with the uniform template and aspiration of Southern Governors.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng also gathered that the Governors present at the meeting that was held at the Government House Enugu are the host Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Douye Diri of Bayelsa and Gov. Babajide Sanwolu of Lagos State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun, and Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
While those who could not make it to the meeting were represented by their deputies, among who are Mr Bisi Egbeyemi of Ekiti, Mr Rauf Olaniyan of Oyo, Dr. Kelechi Igwe of Ebonyi, , Chief Ude Oko-Chukwu of Abia, Mr Philip Shuaibu of Edo, Prof. Ivara Esu of Cross River and Prof. Placid Njoku of Imo and Governor of Anambra state was absent at the meeting and did not send any representative.
Southern Nigeria is made up of 17 states with 3 geopolitical regions of the country which are, South-East, South-South and South-West.
While addressing Joirnalists on behalf of the Forum shortly after the meting, the Chairman  of the Southern Governors Forum, Oluwatotimi Aketedolu of Ondo state urged the states that are yet to enact  the anti grazing laws to do so expeditiously.
The Southern Governors also encouraged full operationalization of already agreed regional security outfits which would meet share,  intelligence and collaborate to ensure the security and safety of the region.
“The Nigerian Southern Govenors Forum at its meeting held on Thursday at Goverment House Enugu reviewed the state of the Nation and the progress of implementation of the decisions reached in the previous meetings and reaffirmed its earlier commitment to structural and fiscal federalism as resolved at the inaugural meeting of the forum held on Tuesday, 11th May 2021 at Asaba, Delta State and emphasized the need for the Southern States to leverage the legislative competence of their respective State Houses of Assembly as well as representation in the National assembly to pursue its inclusion in the Nigerian Constitution through the ongoing constitutional amendment.
“The meeting resolved to support the position that the collection of VAT falls within the powers of the States,” he added
The Southern Governors Expressed satisfaction with the handling of issues around the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) and ownership of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the larger Nigerian Governors’ Forum.
“We thereby reiterate our earlier position that the next President of Nigeria must come from the Southern part of Nigeria in line with politics of equity, justice and fairness,” he said

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