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All States Should Manage Their Forest – Southwest Governors

All States Should Manage Their Forest – Southwest Governor

The Governors in the Southwest region on Saturday adopted the decision of the National Economic Council on forest ownership and management in the country.

The adoption took place from the security meeting in the Oyo State Government House in Ibadan.

The decision was disclosed by the Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum and Government of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu. He said the decision was in line with the NEC decision, which stated that all states should be in charge of their forest.

The governors also agreed that stronger measures must be taken to tighten security around border areas to halt the incursion of foreign herdsmen.

The meeting also deliberated on the need for the government to support cattle breeding and other agricultural products, and agreed that the government must help and 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 was 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 because of the inclement weather.

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Others absent for the same reason were the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of State Services, Yusuf Bichi.

Five governors including the host, attended the meeting, Governor Seyi Makinde; Governors Akeredolu of Ondo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.

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

Others were the chairmen of the Council of Traditional Rulers in each of the South-West States and some first-class monarchs.

Akeredolu stated that the meeting was held to find lasting solutions to the lingering security issues in the zone.

The traditional rulers present at the meeting included 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 Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunnjso 1; and Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao.

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