A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Delta State Governorship aspirant, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has commended the decision of 17 Governors in Nigeria to ban open cattle grazing and recommendation for the activation and establishment of ports in other states of the federation to create new jobs and promote socio-economic activities in the country.
This week the governors in 17 states of Nigeria in a 12-point communique at the end of their four hours meeting held in Asaba, the Delta State capital resolved that open grazing of cattle be banned across Southern Nigeria.
The Southern Governors Forum who expressed concern about the continued gridlock on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway equally recommended the activation and establishment of ports in other states of the federation to create new jobs and promote socio-economic activities in the country.
Addressing newsmen at the Asaba International Airport on his arrival from Abuja on the recommendation of the Southern Governors, Onuesoke said the Governors decision is a step in the right direction and the best ever, adding that they should back the prohibition of open grazing with the necessary laws in their respective domains and put up formidable structures for strict enforcement.
He noted that, it is a good move for the 17 governors to unite against a common enemy. Saying that unity among the governors is what is needed to send strong signals to the Federal Government. No need for divisions along party line this time. There should be no sabotage. No one should go and play good boy in Aso Rock again. Put the interest of your people first.
He further opined that, “This decision, if implemented will end the brazen kidnapping and killings by herdsmen in our various communities. The movement of cows should only be done by trucks. This will reduce killings significantly. All Middle belt governors should come together and do likewise as a clear recipe to save the soul of Nigeria,” he stated.
The PDP chieftain however fault the clause in the communique seeking for help from the federal government to promote livestock businesses, stressing that it should be absolutely states in partnership with private organizations.
“This is commendable, but I disagree with the clause of seeking for help from the federal government to promote livestock business. Cattle rearing business is not bigger than crude oil licenses given to private organizations”.
“Let every state handle theirs according to their capability. This idea of government this and government that, should be ruled out. All that are needed from government is guidelines and security,”
Onuesoke also commended the Governors call for revitalization of the ports in the South-South noting that if that is implemented it will not only create employment, it will generate economic well being in the South-South of Nigeria and reduce insecurity to the barest minimum,
He furher advised that for the Governors to sustain the good work of this gathering , the lawmakers from the states of the seventeen governors should form a joint legislative assembly and put this decisions into law and then form a joint security outfit