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In my opinion, there are 3 important issues the 17 Southern Governors may discuss in Enugu and we will be looking at them in this article.
1) Passage of anti-open grazing bill
The ugly activities of some herdsmen worry Governors in the South and that was why they decided to ban open grazing in Southern Nigeria.
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They gave themselves September 1 deadline to ban open grazing.
They are likely to know the Governors who have signed the bill into law, those that are working on it and those that have changed their minds on the decision they reached in Lagos.
While Governors like Wike, Ugwuanyi, Akeredolu, Udom, Sanwo-Olu have all signed the anti-open grazing bill into law, Governor Hope Uzodinma and Governor Dave Umahi appear not to be interested in it.
2) 2023 Presidential Election
President Buhari will complete his 8 years in office by 2023 and won't be on the ballot again. The Southern Governors at their meeting in Asaba decided that they have to work to ensure that the next President of Nigeria is from the South.
They may urge themselves to begin work for the emergence of a Southerner as the 2023 presidential candidate of their parties.
3) VAT and Personal Income Tax
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Lagos and Rivers State have been at loggerheads with the federal government on who should collect VAT. The two states have passed VAT bill in their states.
Rivers State Government has also approached the Supreme Court for it to give a final judgment on the matter.
The Southern Governors are likely to deliberate on this matter and the way forward should Supreme Court give a judgment that is not in the favour of states.
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