By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah
In a bid to stem the tide of farmers / herders clash, Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku has disclosed that the state will start the implementation of the anti- grazing law January next year.
Recall that Governor Ishaku in July, signed the bill to prohibit open rearing and grazing of livestock and provide for the establishment of ranching into law.
Speaking to State House Correspondents yesterday after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, the governor said two panels had been set up to sensitize the farmers and herdsmen on the benefits of the anti -grazing bill .
He stated that the awareness of the bill is improving each day and people are beginning to know that these laws are done in good faith and are done to secure lives and property of the people.
He said “The state is quite calm. Our own anti-grazing law will come into effect next year January. Two panels were set up to sensitize the farmers and the herdsmen so that they both understand the benefits of the anti grazing bill because I still believe for the herdsmen socially and economically, that is the best thing that will ever happen to them if we can consolidate on that.
“The awareness is improving each day and people are beginning to know that these laws are done in good faith and are done to secure lives and properties of the people. We are sure that there will be not much hindrance to its implementation.”
The governor, who said he came to brief President Buhari on the situation of things in Taraba State ,added that security wise, they have recorded some success as peace has returned to the state .
He explained that “I also reported to him security wise we have recorded few success, Peace in the state and we need to enhance it. Therefore, we will need his presidential support in that manner.
“And to generally brief him on the success we are having on agriculture and to also thank him very much indeed about the award of Mambilla hydro-power project which is one of the biggest hydro-project in Nigeria.
“It has stayed over 30 years on the drawing board until his administration. So that is a very big feat and I thought I should come and thank him and seek his audience when Next I will come with Taraba people to thank him. Is a very good project for the country as a whole, 3.050 megawatts, for those of us who know what a megawatt is, it can do a lot in developing Nigeria.
“I’m sure you are aware of our popular green house, last year we had 16,000 in the rice farm we want to quadruple that by this year and therefore we need assistance particularly to build channels where we can distribute water. Because the dry season farming is more popular than the rainy season, they harvest rice four times more and we want to enhance that.
“We have also gone into other crops now, cocoa, beniseed and soya beans, all these we are recording huge successes in the state.
“We have also recorded huge success in education and we have moved hitherto from less than 28 percent on WAEC this year for the first time we had 67.3 percent in WAEC and as at last month when the graded the whole country we were number 8th in the whole country and number one in the northern states. We have really pushed education very high and we intend to push it to an enviable height.”
When asked on the kind of security assistance required in the state, he pointed out that security is the sole prerogative of Mr. President.
According to him,state governments rely on the federal government for the soldiers, the police and all the security agencies and therefore they need the presidential directives to be able to enhance the security in the states.
” Particularly my state where some of the soldiers have been withdrawn to other areas in the country which we will need them if possible to come back so that we will feel more secure and continue to live in peace,’ he added.
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