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Rivers State Stakeholders Back Southern Governors On 2023 Presidency

Stakeholders in Rivers State have supported the furore in some quarters on the decisions by 17 southern governors to insist on power shift to the South in 2023.

They also commented on the controversial open grazing laws, security and Value Added Tax (VAT).

The people, who spoke at the weekend at an event in Port Harcourt, said they were “strongly” behind the decisions of the governors on the issues.

A prominent Ijaw chief and former spokesman for Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Anabs Sara-Igbe, endorsed the decisions of the governors, describing them as nuggets for national peace and unity.

In his views on regional security and VAT, an environmentalist and the Director, Institute of the Environment Ltd, Abuja, Onwusameka Ogbowuokara, expressed disappointment about the failure of the Federal Government in its primary function of protection of life and property, leading to the search for self-help.

Ogbowuokara, who is also a scientist, Centre for Occupational Health Safety and Environment (COHSE), University of Port Harcourt, hailed Governor Nyesom Wike for exposing the Federal Government over VAT collection and the boldness to challenge the impunity in courts.

On open grazing, he said the law against open grazing was meant to solve a hydra-headed problem of security of life and property of Nigerians and food security and condemned the activities of bandits and herdsmen.

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