Insecurity: All States Should Manage Their Forests, Say South-West Governors

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By Chibuike Nwabuko

(Sundiata Post) – a bid curb insecurity the country, Southwest Governors on Saturday adopted the decision by the National Economic Council on forest ownership and management across the country.

Rising a security meeting the Oyo Government House in , the Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum and of Ondo , Rotimi Akeredolu, told journalists that in line with NEC position, all the states be in charge of their forests.

They also agreed that stronger measures must be taken tighten security around areas stop the incursion of foreign herdsmen.

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

“We believe that all the states 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 be able to some steps, so that we can preserve our forests.”

Buhari’ Aide Absent Meeting

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

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

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

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

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.

Some of the traditional rulers who took part in the meeting include the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan; Olubadan of , Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunnjso 1; and Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao.

Also in attendance were the Oyo State , Ngozi Onadeko, and heads of security agencies in Oyo State.