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Finally, Benue State Govt. Approves Anti Grazing bills

Benue State Executive Council, yesterday, approved the
Bill for the Prohibition of Open Gazing of Livestock in the
state and Establishment of Ranches.

This bill, if passed into law, will criminalise the
pastoralist activities of Fulani herdsmen and other open-
ended range livestock farmers within the state.
The Council directed the state Attorney-General, Mr Mike
Guda to forward the bills to the state House of Assembly
for onward passage.
Meanwhile, the state government has insisted that the
state has no land for grazing and is therefore opposed to
the establishment of grazing reserves in the state.
Represented by his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu at a
Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum on Grazing Reserves
and Stock Routes, Governor Ortom stated that cattle
rearing is a private business and so the federal
government should not be bullish about acquiring grazing
land for the owners who should be able as businessmen
to source feed for their cattle.
He added that Benue state would support any policy
taken by the federal government to quell the incessant
land clashes but pointed out that such policy must be in
line with international best practices and one that does
not disadvantage people of the state.

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