- The Ondo state government has approved a bill seeking to establish ranches
- The legislation will also allow grazing in some areas of the state
- According to the state's commissioner for justice, Charles Titiloye, the key objective is to end the recurring herdsmen/farmers clash
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After issuing quit notice to illegal herders who graze their cattle in Ondo forest reserves, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has signed a bill that approves the establishment of ranches in the state.
Governor Akeredolu approved the bill during an executive council meeting on Thursday, February 11.
The decision of the government was made known by the state's commissioner for justice and attorney-general, Charles Titiloye, The Nation reports.
Titiloye said the legislation will put an end to the destruction of farm crops and properties by open grazing.
He added that the bill will also address the constant clashes between herders and farmers in the state.
Also, the commissioner said one of the objectives of the bill is to implement the governor's earlier directive to cattle rearers who roam the state's forest reserves without official approval.
Meanwhile, Akeredolu had revealed that foreign herders were perpetrating crimes in the state's forest reserves.
The governor noted that most of the foreign herders almost remained permanent in the state government’s forest reserves before he gave an order to flush them out.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor spoke during a courtesy visit to his office by Dora Amahian, the zonal coordinator, Zone ‘F’ of the Nigeria Immigration Service, comprising Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti states.
He tasked the officers of the NIS to heighten security at the land borders, adding that the rate at which foreigners were coming into the country through the land borders was alarming.
Akeredolu also urged the NIS to do more in securing the land borders so as to prevent unknown individuals from coming into the country without record and identity.
In her reaction, Amahian expressed appreciation to the governor for the cordial relationship between him and the Immigration service.
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