Open grazing ban: Mimiko backs Akeredolu, other southern govs

By: Ade Adeleke

A former governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has backed the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum, at the end of its meeting in Asaba, Delta State, where open grazing was banned.

In his social media post, the former governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko writes; “The resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum, at the end of its meeting in Asaba, Delta State, on May 11 2021, is commendable.

“It is also salutary that members of the Southern caucus of the National Assembly have weighed in. It’s all a reflection of the realization of the fact that the nation may be perching at the precipice, and of the urgent need to pull her back.

“The next step is for the Southern Governors to meet with their Northern counterparts to iron out what may just be minor areas of difference in substance and timelines.

“There cannot be any reasonable arguments against decentralization of policing to ensure emergence of compact and efficient sub-national forces under State (sub-national government control).

“There surely cannot be any disagreement amongst the Governors on the issue of devolution of resources from the centre. As a matter of fact, the present Revenue Allocation formula has long been statutorily due for review. New sources of revenue will surely be needed for state policing, and to address ongoing security challenges in the states.

“The Governors’ Forum also recently took a position on open grazing in its virtual meeting of February 2021. In a communiqué issued after the meeting, the Forum had noted: “The current system of herding mainly through open grazing is no longer sustainable, in view of growing urbanisation and population of the country.” (www.nggovernorsforum.org).

“That position has now been reiterated at the Asaba meeting, underscoring the need for, and urgency of implementation of remedial measures.

“Time lines and details of these measures can be worked out amongst the governors. The truth is, we may actually be closer to a national consensus on short to medium term solutions to our present challenges than we imagine! Let us act WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME,” Mimiko said.

EID EL FITR: MIMIKO FELICITATES MUSLIMS, SAYS GOVERNMENT NEEDS POLITICAL WILL TO TACKLE INSECURITY

Former Governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has rejoiced with the Muslim faithful all over the country as they celebrate the 2021 Eid el fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Mimiko, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, John Paul Akinduro, admonished every Muslim to share with the needy and show love towards people of other faith as they celebrate this year’s Eid.

He tasked government to prioritize security of lives and property of all Nigerians where they live, work and play.

According to him “tackling insecurity is beyond arms and ammunition, it requires political will. Our government must address the deepening inequality, mass poverty, high level of illiteracy and above all, restructure the existing system to give room for equitable distribution of resources.”

He advised Nigerians to report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood to security agents nearest to them.