Control Of Land Doesn’t Belong To Buhari Government – Southern Governors Kick Against 368 Grazing Sites

The South-South governors’ discussion board has kicked in opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to overview with dispatch 368 grazing websites in 25 states throughout the nation.

The discussion board stated the legislation had given governors the management of land of their states and it’s the governor who “gives the Certificate of Occupancy to every individual and allows them to have full ownership of the land.” 

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The Southern governors and teams expressed shock on the resolution of the Federal Government to go forward with the plan to overview the institution of grazing websites throughout the nation regardless of the stiff opposition to it by the folks of Southern Nigeria.

Seventeen southern governors, below the aegis of the Southern Governors’ Forum, had on May 11 met in Asaba, Delta State capital, to deliberate on the prevalent insecurity and different points affecting the area.

In a 12-point communiqué after the assembly, dubbed the Asaba Declaration, the discussion board, chaired by Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), resolved that open grazing of cattle be banned throughout Southern Nigeria.

The governors stated the incursion of armed herders and bandits into the southern a part of the nation had introduced a extreme safety problem such that residents have been not capable of reside their regular lives.

Southern Nigeria includes the states of Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers.

Eight weeks after their assembly, the 17 state governors once more met in Lagos on July 5 to reaffirm their stance on the Asaba Declaration after a wave of criticisms by the Presidency, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and the Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

However, unbothered by the southern governors’ opposition to the revival of previous grazing routes or websites, President Buhari on Thursday accepted the suggestions of a committee to overview with dispatch 368 grazing websites in 25 states within the nation to find out the degrees of encroachment.

However, the Chairman of the South-South Governors’ Forum and Delta State Governor, Okowa, resisted President Buhari’s resolution and subtly reminded him that governors had the authority over the lands of their states.

Okowa, who spoke by way of the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, stated the state House of Assembly had already handed into legislation the anti-open grazing invoice into legislation.

He stated, “We are in a country of law and the law has given governors the control of land in their states. The governor is the one who gives the Certificate of Occupancy to every individual and allows them to have full ownership of the land.

“We are convinced that very soon, the Federal Government will begin to have a rethink, knowing well that it is not legal for Mr President to be the one to map out land in the states.”

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