By Olufemilade Oyinade
South-West governors have expressed support for the decision of the National Economic Council (NEC) on forest management and checking of open grazing as part of measures to fight insecurity in their region and indeed, the nation
They also supported the decision that the nation’s borders needed to be fully secured and protected while media practitioners should assist the country to end fake news,
The position of the Governors, Royal Fathers were contained in a communique issued at the end of a meeting held in Ibadan, Oyo state.
The meeting, according to the stakeholders was to appraise the security situation of the zone.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that Chairman of the Southwest Governors, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State read a three point communique agreed to after the meeting:
Governor Akeredolu who also briefed newsmen at the end of the meeting said though the meeting was at the instance of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, the trio could not fly out of Abuja due to bad weather.
The meeting, held inside the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s office, Agodi, Ibadan, had in attendance five governors including the host, Engr. Seyi Makinde; Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Gboyega Oyetola of Osun and Prince Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.
The meeting equally had in attendance the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of South-West, David Folawiyo, and security chiefs serving in Oyo State.
Others included the Co-Chairman of Nigeria Council of Traditional Ruler, chairmen of Council of Traditional Rulers in each of the South-West states
and some first class monarchs, amongst who were: Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fredrick Akinrutan; Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and Olugbon of Orilegbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao.
Also in attendance was Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, as well as other heads of security agencies.