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Southern Governors to Meet in Enugu

The governors of the republic's 17 states in the south will expect to meet for the 3rd time tomorrow in Enugu.

Remember that the governors met several times, the first time in Asaba, Delta State, and the second in Lagos.

The governors fixed a September 1 time limit for all states in the south to enact anti-open grazing legislation at the first meeting in Asaba, which was reinforced at the second encounter in Lagos on July 5.

Whereas the agenda for tomorrow 's discussion was not revealed by the host government, Enugu State, yesterday, Vanguard learned that the meeting will evaluate how far the states have progressed in developing an anti-grazing law.

Vanguard also learned that the governors would consider Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore's latest threat to take by coercing lands in states in the south that already had implemented a law prohibiting open grazing.

By the close of the September 1 time limit for states to pass legislation prohibiting open grazing, just about 6 states had done so.

Notwithstanding, since the deadline's expiry date, states in the south like Lagos, Rivers, and Akwa Ibom have enacted anti-grazing legislation.

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the governor of Enugu State, is also said to have finished preparatory work for the meeting.

In the meantime, Rotimi Akeredolu, current chairman of the Southern Governors Forum, proclaimed yesterday that governors in the zone would uphold the prohibition on open grazing and be willing to pay whatever the price would be.

Akeredolu stated unequivocally that the governors will not turn back on the prohibition on open grazing, insisting that they are ready to accept the consequences.

“What we mean is that your flocks cannot continue to destroy our farms. The FAO has arrived, and we have talked about it.”

He stated that people of the state's Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria were willing to work with his government on the open grazing restriction.

” The Meyetti-Allah here within Ondo does seem to want to work with us since they understand that when their cattle destroy crops, we confiscate them and they compensate the farm owners before they are released.

“The FAO will teach them in feedlot operations. They will be taught how to make feed and deliver it to the cows. We do not discriminate against anyone.

“We really want to make it very clear that you can't really make your own life better while destroying other people's means of subsistence. We know how much your prayers mean to us. We require it.”

Ugwuanyi, Enugu governor has signed the bill prohibiting open grazing into law.

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