Southern Governors have set September 1, 2021, as the deadline for the promulgation of anti-open grazing law among its member states.
The Southern Governors jointly agreed on the date during their meeting on Monday, July 5, in Lagos.
Equally important, the Governors frowned at selective criminal administration of justice; even as it resolved that arrests should be made within the ambit of the Law and fundamental human rights.
Moreover, it set a timeline of Wednesday, 1st September 2021 for the promulgation of the anti-open grazing law in all member States.
This was contained in a communique issued after the meeting.
Also, during the meeting, the Southern Governors jointly agreed that Nigeria’s next president should emerge from the southern region.
They affirmed their commitment to the unity of Nigeria and reinstated calls for state police.
The governors also deliberated on insecurity; constitutional amendment, PIB, as well as anti-open grazing law in all member-states.
An excerpt from the communique reads;
“The Southern Governors Forum at the end of the meeting held on Monday, 5th July 2021 reviewed the situation in the Country and focused on the current security situation, constitutional amendment, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
Meanwhile, rising from the meeting, the Forum agreed on the following:
- Re-affirmed their commitment to the unity of Nigeria on the pillars of equity, fairness, justice, progress, and peaceful co-existence between and amongst its people.
- The Forum reiterates its commitment to the politics of equity, fairness…Unanimously agrees that the presidency of Nigeria be rotated between Southern and Northern Nigeria…Resolved that the next president of Nigeria should emerge from the Southern Region.
- The Forum reviewed the security situation in the country and commends security operatives for their relentless efforts in restoring security and safety…Commiserates with families and loved ones of those who have fallen in the line of duty.
- Re-emphasized the need for State Police. Resolved that if for any reason security institutions need to undertake an operation in any State; the Chief Security Officer of the State must be duly informed.
- The forum frowns at selective criminal administration of Justice and resolved that arrests should be made within the ambit of the Law and fundamental human rights.
- Set a timeline of Wednesday, 1st September 2021 for the promulgation of the anti-open grazing law in all Member States