State governors have agreed to cede part of the Excess Crude Account as well as other special funds, to support the federal government in the purchase of additional hardware for security forces to combat insecurity in the country.
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi , who doubles as chairman of the Governor’s Forum, disclosed this while briefing the press, on the outcome of a marathon emergency meeting of the Forum, at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Fayemi, who noted that governor’s are committed to the protection of lives and property in their various stages, said the governor’s are willing to release part of what is due them from the Excess Crude Account, the Natural Resource Development Fund as well as the Economic Stabilization Fund to support the federal government to purchase equipment and hardware to fight insecurity in the country.
His words: “Nigerian governors also are very clear that crime and criminality should be comprehensively prosecuted wherever they may occur without ethnic, religious or any other coloration. “
According to The Punch, Fayemi said, “In this wise, we have also expressed our interest in strengthening our judicial system so that they can accelerate access to justice for victims of crime and criminality in the country.”
Believing that the farmers/herders crisis is connected to the way cattle are being managed in the country, the governors “reviewed the need to strengthen the National Livestock Transformation Plan”.
This review became neccesary because it is the collective view of the governors that the traditional approach to grazing was no longer sustainable and that the modern approach to livestock management needs to be put in place.
The Punch reports further that the governors feel strongly that the strengthening of the National Livestock Transformation Plan would be a good place to start this comprehensive revisiting of the livestock management arrangement.