The Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has on Monday received 16 southern governors to further deliberate and assess decisions taken in Asaba on open grazing ban, restructuring, fiscal federalism and the call for state police. The governors had earlier met on May 11, in Asaba, Delta State.
The governors who converged at the venue of the meeting in Alausa, Ikeja, include Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Godwin Obaseki (Edo) represented by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Diri Duoye (Bayelsa), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Ben Ayade (Cross Rivers), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Hope Uzodimma (Imo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), and Oluwaseyi Makinde (Oyo).
Governor Akeredolu of Ondo state who welcomed his colleagues to the meeting said, “We welcome all our brother Governors and we want to start our deliberations almost immediately. At the end of our meeting, our communique will be made known to you”
At the end of the meeting in Asaba, the governors in a communiqué issued banned open grazing as part of an effort to address killings and kidnapping by herdsmen. Few days after, the Presidency faulted the ban on open grazing while Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, slammed the southern governors for banning open grazing.