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Edo government, PDP differ on anti-grazing bill


Edo chapter chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, has faulted the ban on night grazing by the state government, saying the policy was ill thought.

Addressing a press conference yesterday in Benin City, Orbih contended that the pronouncement by Governor Godwin Obaseki had no legal backing, describing the action as a “mere political statement.”

He noted that the ban compelled the party to instruct its members in the State House of Assembly to present a piece of legislation titled, a Bill to prohibit Open Rearing of Livestock and Provide for the establishment of ranches and livestock administration, regulation and control and for other matters connected therewith 2018.

Orbih alleged that the people were experiencing attacks from herdsmen in their farms on a daily basis.   But the Special Adviser, Media and Communication Strategy to the governor, Crusoe Osagie, described the bill as premature.

He commended the PDP for “heeding the counsel of the Edo government to learn how to be a responsible opposition party that can contribute to the development of the state through well-researched policies and laws.”

He noted that the new role of the Edo PDP was commendable, adding that the opposition party would require more schooling to “fully appreciate that the well-researched policies of the Obaseki-led government such as the ban on overnight grazing, armed herdsmen and the monitoring of their activities cannot be changed when they are yielding positive results.”

The governor’s aide said the main opposition party has over the years displayed its lack of capacity to solve the problems of the state, adding that it has nothing to offer Edo.

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