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Obaseki tasks stakeholders on anti-open grazing law

By Editor
12 October 2021   |   4:02 am
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, met relevant stakeholders to review strategies at improving security and checking herder-farmer crisis in the state.

Edo State Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa (left); Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie; Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu; Governor Godwin Obaseki and Speaker, House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun during stakeholders’ town hall meeting on the proposed Anti-Open Grazing Law in Benin City…yesterday.<br />

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, met relevant stakeholders to review strategies at improving security and checking herder-farmer crisis in the state.

Speaking at a town hall meeting on the state’s proposed anti-open grazing law, he said the delay in signing the bill into law was to ensure an implementable law that would end rising insecurity and economic challenges in the state.

Stakeholders at the event were drawn from different walks of life, including traditional rulers, youth groups, religious bodies and civil society organisations (CSOs), among others.

“There are people doing their legitimate business of herding cattle and producing meat, and there are criminals who want to destabilise our country and state,”

Representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Edo State Chapter, Reverend Oriakhi Davies, who said cattle rearing is a private business and anybody interested in the business should acquire land for such business, suggested ranching as an alternative to open grazing.

Chairman, Cattle Dealers Association in Edo State, Alhaji Saad Ahmed, said about 45 per cent of cows consumed in Benin City and most of the South comes from the North.

He appealed to the governor to treat everybody equally, irrespective of religious beliefs, saying that God has blessed Edo and that his people have been living in the state without any troubles.