- The implementation of anti-grazing law has commenced in Ekiti state
- This, according to the state government will help in averting farmers-herders crisis
- Also, the state said there must now be registration of herders in the state
The issue of herdsmen is one of the most controversial topics in Nigeria today. In fact, some state governments are taking strong positions different from that of the federal government.
One of such states is Ekiti which has an anti-grazing law in place to avert farmers’ herders crisis and as well ensure security of lives and property, This Day reports.
The government, through Olabode Adetoyi, the Ekiti state commissioner for agriculture, reiterated the plan of the state to begin the registration of herdsmen and farmers.
This, the government said will identify them in order to check influx and illegal activities.
Hence, as the government commences the implementation of the state anti-grazing law, Legit.ng takes a look at the things herders can no longer do in the state.
1. No night grazing
2. No underage cattle rearing
3. No grazing on government restricted land like forest and our farm settlements and farm centres.
4. Compulsory registration of the herders
He added that Amotekun Corps had been moved to some of the areas that the government believed would pose a problem.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the national president of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa directed Fulani herders across the southwest of the country to put an end to both night and underaged grazing with immediate effect.
Kiruwa also warned herders to desist from taking their cows to people’s farms for grazing, adding that the frequent farmers/herders clash must be brought to an end.
The MACBAN president said the order given by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state was not new but has been issued two years ago, adding that those who wished to remain in the government forest reserve should get registered.
In another report, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state had alleged that the federal government is colluding with the National Assembly to allow herdsmen grab land under the guise of the National Water Resources Bill.
Ortom in a statement through his spokesperson, Terver Akase claimed the provisions of the bill granted herdsmen unhindered access to river basins, adjacent marine and coastal environments across the country.
Despite Ortom and several stakeholders' complaining of the provisions of the bill, the federal government has insisted that it will not back down on enacting the proposed law.