By Andrew Ojih, Jalingo
Taraba State governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku has signed the bill to prohibit open rearing and grazing of livestock and provide for the establishment of ranching into law.
The governor, who was speaking yesterday in Jalingo at the state EXCO chamber said the signing into law of the bill would turn a new leaf in the socio-economic lives of the people of the state.
“As we are all aware, the introduction of this executive bill was necessitated by the dangerous trend open grazing had assumed in Taraba State, and indeed the whole of Nigeria in recent years.
Within the past two years, Nigeria has woken up to battle with a strange practice of grazing by herdsmen who are strangers to our state. These herdsmen have within this short period of time turned our traditional farmers-herdsmen complementary practices fatal and sorrowful,” he said.
He explained that activities of these herdsmen have not only resulted in total destruction of farmlands, but also heartless killing of farmers.
“To make matters worse, these killer herdsmen seem to have defied all solutions by security agencies nationwide. To date, none of them, to our knowledge has ever been arrested,” he lamented.
According to him, the primary responsibility of any government anywhere in the world is to ensure the security, safety and wellbeing of her citizens, adding that it is by so doing that citizens can effectively acknowledge the value of leadership and contribute their quota to the progress of the society.
He informed that the transition period from open grazing will be six months with effect from 24th day of July 2017, stressing that during the period, government would set up a sensitization committee that will educate the herdsmen and farmers on the symbiotic relationship that will be developed between them.
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