Following the herdsmen crisis bedeviling the South-West region, Governors in the region have backed the resolution of the National Economic Council (NEC) for each state to manage its forest reserves.
This was the outcome of the meeting, which also had some traditional rulers in attendance, which took place in Ibadan on Saturday.
Following the meeting, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state told newsmen that the south-west leaders support the decision of NEC.
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“We believe that all the states should be in position to manage their forest and that will give the respective state governments to power to determine who are in the forest and for what purpose,” Akeredolu said.
“And where we have people that are illegally in the forest the state should be able to take some steps so that we can preserve the forest.
“So all of us, including the traditional rulers, supported the decision of NEC on forest management.”
He also revealed that they agreed that stronger measures must be taken to tighten security around border areas to stop the incursion of foreign herdsmen.