Governors of the southern region are set to meet again later this week in the South-East to deliberate on important issues concerning the region, Naija News reported.
The meeting, scheduled to take place in Enugu State tomorrow, is the third of its kind. Recall that after their first meeting, the governors made key resolutions, one of which was the ban on all open grazing activities in the South.
In their second meeting, the governors consolidated their earlier stance by pronouncing September 1st as the deadline for the implementation of the ban across all states in the South.
The schedule for the new meeting was revealed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum. Akeredolu further asserted that the governors would do all within their power to protect residents of the South from attacks launched by bandits and some herdsmen.
The writer opines that there are some critical issues that the Governors should deliberate on when they finally meet in Enugu State tomorrow. The issues are outlined below:
- The continued silence by some states concerning the implementation of the open grazing ban.
Some states are yet to fully implement the ban on open grazing that was enacted by the governors. Only a handful of states has signed the bill into law. In the South-East for example, only the Enugu State government has passed the bill. This apparent disregard that the governors are displaying despite the deadline they set, is quite unacceptable and should be deliberated upon.
- Secondly, the governors should deliberate on the series of warnings issued by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) concerning the ban on open grazing of cattle in the South.
The cattle breeders had warned that a single cow may be sold for two million naira if the governors go ahead with the implementation of the ban on open grazing.
In terms of the economy of the South, the effects of this would be devastating because many residents of the region would not be able to afford beef, which is currently one of the cheapest meats in the market.
These two issues are very critical and the writer opines that, among many other things, they should be deliberated upon by the governors.