Southern Governors have gotten the encouragement and endorsement of Speakers of the Southern States House of Assembly over their decision to ban open grazing in their various states.
The speakers in a resolution signed by the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwon, who also doubles as the Deputy National Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, said they were ready to galvanise their respective parliament’s to legislate on resolutions of the southern governors for the country to overcome it’s present challenges and make progress.
The resolution also had the signatures of the Vice Chairman of each southern region like : Mr Aniekan Basey, Vice Chairman (South South) of the conference; Francis O. Nwifurilu, Vice Chairman (South East) of the conference ; and Prince Olakunle Taiwo Oluomo, Vice Chairman (South West) of the conference.
The state legislative leaders further called for national dialogue, restructuring of the country and respect for federal character. They commended southern governors for coming together to speak with one voice, saying that their resolutions were pathways to resolving the problems facing the country.
“We, the speakers of state legislatures in Southern Nigeria, commend the governors of the southern states for their patriotism and firm belief in the unity of the country.
We salute the governors for their initiative and restate our support for their positions. We wish to state unequivocally, that the issues canvassed in the communique are neither new not strange, rather they require swift response from the Federal Government.
The country is currently undergoing very challenging times and requires bold and audacious measures to stop it from sliding into abyss.
We maintain that the positions of the governors, as contained in the communique issued on May 11, 2021, in Asaba, are sacrosanct and a guaranteed for justice, fairness, and equality in the country. We adopt all the positions in the communique and reiterate the call for the ban on open grazing of cattle in the south. We support the call for the restructuring of the country to enthrone true federalism and therefore the convocation of a national dialogue is inevitable. That this will afford stake holders from all parts of the country to table their prejudices and, together, work out a sustainable relationship as one indivisible country.
We, also urge the governors to send bills to the legislature, where necessary, to address some of the issues in the communique”.