The Southern Governors have banned open grazing in the 17 Southern States of the Federation.
The decision formed part of the outcome of a meeting that lasted for almost two hours at the Government House in Asaba, the Delta State capital on Tuesday.
The governors stated that development and population growth had put pressure on available land and increased the prospects of conflict between migrating herders and local populations in the South.
A communiqué read by chairman of the Forum and Ondo Governor, Rotimi Akerdeolu said: “Given this scenario, it becomes imperative to enforce the ban on open grazing in the South (including cattle movement to the South by foot); recommended that the Federal Government should support willing States to develop alternative and modern livestock management systems.”
They further charged the Federal Government to urgently restructure the country to address the rising agitations and insecurity across the Federation.