No To Open Grazing And 3% Petroleum Industry Bill To Host Communities – Southern Governors Nigeria
The governors of Nigeria’s southern states convened in Lagos on Monday, and after more than three hours of closed-door discussions, they unanimously agreed that the region’s ban on open grazing is irreversible.
The Governors also reaffirmed their support for real federalism and power devolution to the states.
Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, Governor of Ondo State and Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, highlighted these and other concerns while reading the communique given at the end of the meeting of the Southern Governors of Nigeria, held at the State House, Alausa, Ikeja.
Governors in attendance include; Delta-Ifeayin Okowa, Rivers-Nyensom Wike, Lagos State, Sanwo-Olu, Ogun-Dapo Abiodun Babajide, Osun-Gboyega Oyetola, Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Douye Diri of Bayelsa, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu
Governors represented are;
Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shuaibu, Imo Deputy Governor Placid Njokwu, Abia State, Oko Chukwu, Eboyin, Kelechi Igwe.
Anambra, on the other hand, not present.
“The Southern Governors Forum at the end of the meeting held on Monday, 5th July 2021 reviewed the situation in the country and concentrated on the current security situation, constitutional amendment, Petroleum Industry Bill,” the Governors resolved in a statement read by Akeredolu at about 4 p.m. (PIB).
“As a result of the meeting, the Forum reaffirmed their commitment to Nigeria’s unity based on the ideals of equity, fairness, justice, progress, and peaceful coexistence between and among its people.
“The Forum reaffirms its commitment to justice and fairness in politics and unanimously agrees that the President of Nigeria should be cycled between Southern and Northern Nigeria, with the next president emerging from the Southern Region.
“On security, the forum examined the country’s security situation and commends security operatives for their unwavering efforts to restore security and safety, as well as commiserating with the families and loved ones of those who have died in the line of duty;
“Reiterated the importance of State Police;
“Resolved that whenever security institutions are required to conduct an operation in any state for whatever reason, the Chief Security Officer of the State must be notified.
“The forum disapproves of selective criminal justice administration and resolved that arrests should be made in accordance with the law and fundamental human rights; set a deadline of September 1, 2021 for all Member States to enact anti-open grazing law; and
“Resolved that funds deducted from the Federation Account for the Nigeria Police Security Trust Fund be dispersed among the States and the Federal Government to address security issues.
Law on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB): The Forum applauds the National Assembly for making progress on the PIB.
The Forum rejects the suggested 3% and endorses the House of Representatives’ recommendation of a 5% share of oil earnings to the host community.
“The conference also rejects the proposed 30 percent profit sharing for oil and gas exploration in the basins.
“However, the forum opposes the proposed Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited’s ownership structure (NNPC). The Forum does not believe that the firm should be vested in the Federal Ministry of Finance, but rather that it should be held in trust by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), as all levels of government have a stake in it.
“In order to enhance our democracy and the electoral process, the Southern Governors’ Forum opposes the removal of electronic transmission of election results from the electoral act, as well as the affirmation of the Federal High Court’s exclusive authority in pre-election disputes.
“The Forum unanimously chose Lagos State as its permanent secretariat and expressed gratitude to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for hosting the summit so well and commending him on his achievements in the state.”