Members of the House of Representatives from Southern Nigeria have thrown their weight behind the decision of the Southern Governors’ Forum over the prohibition of open grazing and different nationwide points following their assembly on Tuesday.
The Southern federal lawmakers mentioned the resolutions of their governors would tackle the penetration of bandits and terrorists into their space, which has incapacitated social and financial lives of the folks within the South.
They said that the calls for by the 17 governors from the Southern a part of the nation, which embrace devolution of energy and creation of state policing will stabilise the nation.
In a press launch signed by 22 House of Representatives’ members, made out there to SaharaReporters on Wednesday, the lawmakers vowed to help the resolutions with their legislative powers.
“The members of the House of Representatives from the 17 southern states of the federation, after due issues, unanimously help the resolutions of the Southern Governors’ Forum on the demand for true federalism, restructuring in addition to the worsening insecurity within the nation, amongst others.
“This place is in agency restatement of our insistence that our nation should exist and be ruled on the platform of democratic tenets of social justice, fairness, equity, mutual respect, true federalism, rule of regulation and constitutional order, and we’re able to deploy all legislative devices at our disposal for actualisation
“Against this backdrop, the members of the House of Representatives from the South, with out regard to every other affiliations, firmly help our governors on the fast ban on open cattle grazing throughout the Southern Nigeria.
“We hold that such is a sure step towards checking the infiltration of bandits, armed herders and terrorist elements which has heightened security challenges with escalated killings and bloody attacks on innocent citizens, while crippling social life, economic activities and food production in the region,” the assertion partly learn.
Among those that signed the assertion on behalf of the Southern members within the House of Representatives are Hon Ndudi Elumelu, Hon Peter Akpatason, Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Hon Toby Okechukwu, Hon Adesegun Mujid Adekoya, Hon Dolapo Badaru, Hon Jimoh Ojugbele and Hon Femi Fakeye.
Others are Hon Segun Odebunmi, Hon Mayowa Akin Folarin, Hon Olufemi Bamisile, Hon Oluwole Oke, Hon Victor Nwaokolo, Hon Kingsley Chinda, Hon Essien Ekpeyong Ayi, Hon Fred Agbedi, Hon Francis Charles, Hon Patrick Asadu, Hon Lynda Ikpeazu, Hon Sylvester Ogbaga, Hon Nkem Abonta and Hon Jerry Alagboso.
While the lawmakers lent their voice in asking the Nigerian authorities to offer trendy choice to open grazing, additionally they cautioned these rejecting the restructuring of the nation and reviewing of the income management.
“We due to this fact help the advice that the Federal Government ought to present various and trendy livestock administration that doesn’t represent a safety and financial problem to the nation.
“The platform of Southern members within the House of Representatives additionally help our governor’s restatement of the demand for true federalism via restructuring that may result in the devolution of energy, creation of state police, overview of useful resource management and income allocation system, in addition to strict adherence to federal character precept in federal appointments within the shared pursuits of the federating states.
“As lawmakers, we affirm that such is the one assured method to make sure equity, justice, fairness to engender nationwide stability, productiveness and peaceable co-existence and we help an pressing nationwide dialogue in that regard.
“We warning sure people kicking towards such devolution of energy and overview of income management and allocation system, to desist from their vested parochial curiosity and be aware that such critiques are the one strategy to stabilise our nation, and engender regional or state productiveness and wholesome growth in any respect ranges.
“Furthermore, our platform commends our governors for the priority for the asphyxiation of financial actions within the Southern Nigeria ensuing from the continued congestion in ports in Lagos and the gridlock on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
“This problem has led to loses in billions of naira to companies and different financial actions within the industrial and business actions of not solely within the Southern Nigeria however the nation at massive.
“We due to this fact firmly again the demand for the institution and activation of different ports in different states of the federation, significantly within the South the place such companies are in very excessive demand.
“As lawmakers, our platform assures of our readiness to deploy our legislative instruments to ensure speedy achievement of the reforms and constitutional amendments that will guarantee a restructuring towards the practice of true federalism in our country and we are rallying our colleagues from other parts of the country in this direction,” the Southern Reps mentioned within the assertion.
They went additional to commend the governors for his or her ‘daring transfer’, and in addition appealed to the folks of the nation to embrace the steps as a strategy to repair the nation.
“We urge all Nigerians to see the bigger image and be certain that all palms are on the deck to maneuver our nation in the best route.
“Our platform applauds our governors for their patriotism and courage while commending Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State for hosting his colleagues in their quest for solutions at this critical time in our nation history,” the assertion added.