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Sawo-Olu, Makinde, 14 southern govs. begin consultation on insecurity

By Idowu Abdullahi

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, and fourteen other governors from the southern region have begun consultation on rising insecurity and possible regional approach that can quell the growing dissatisfaction.

Sanwo-Olu alongside others arrived in Asaba, capital of Delta State for a meeting with other governors under aegis of the Southern Nigeria Governors Forum (SNGF) to address the growing issues of insecurity and other matters affecting the regions and Nigeria in regional.

The Southern Nigeria Governors Forum is the umbrella body for all the seventeen governors in the South-West, South-South, and South-East geo-political zones of Nigeria.

According to the statement issued on Tuesday by Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, the meeting is an intervention by the governors to jointly brainstorm and address burning issues in the Southern part of Nigeria.

As stated, the regional security meeting was holding less than twenty hours after Sanwo-Olu hosted crucial stakeholders meeting on security in Lagos, to address the challenges posed to the state.

Like Lagos, the Southern Nigeria Governors Forum meeting was expected to critically evaluate the current security situation in the country, the implications for southern Nigeria and proffer an immediate and long-term solution so as to keep the region safe and secure for the citizens.

Some of the governors attending the crucial meeting are the host governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Chairmen, South-West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Dapo Abiodun (Ogun).

It would be recalled that the Southern Nigeria Governors Forum held a virtual meeting last Tuesday at the instance of Governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), and David Umahi (Ebonyi) who are chairmen of the South-West, South-South, and South-East Governors Forum respectively.

The virtual meeting was attended by 15 out of the 17 governors in the Southern region of Nigeria. It was during the virtual meeting that the governors agreed to meet in Asaba today for another meeting that would harmonise their positions towards addressing the insecurity and tension in the country, among other issues.

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