Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku has said that the law on prohibition of open grazing and establishment of ranches has been confronted with misconception deliberately created by some elites in the country to further their interests at the expense of the farmers and herdsmen.
Ishaku, who stated this yesterday in Jalingo during the swearing in of special advisers and inauguration of the chairman of the Culture and Tourism Board said in recent times, there have been increased conflicts between farmers and herdsmen which have degenerated into colossal loss of lives and properties in various local government areas of the state.
“This situation informed the need to appoint special advisers in key areas to co-ordinate the sub-sector and serve as a medium for information dissemination, feedback, and counsel in these areas,” he said.
He noted that the state government is doing everything possible to moderate this misconception by sensitizing and mobilizing farmers and herders on the immediate, short and long term benefits of the law. He said that government is working assiduously to put infrastructure and strategies in place to establish pilot ranches in selected sites to practically demonstrate the benefits.
He informed that while government is pursing these laudable approaches that would help to better protect lives and properties of the citizens, his administration will not tolerate any utterance or action that will jeopardize the peace of the state.
He urged citizens to report suspected strangers in their vicinity to the traditional rulers or the security operatives for proper screening to avoid the danger of harbouring miscreants in their midst.
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