Open grazing ban won’t end herders/farmers’ crisis, Nigerian governor explains why

Open grazing ban won’t end herders/farmers’ crisis, Nigerian governor explains why

- Amid the rising herdsmen tension in the country, Governor Fayemi has opened up on the ban on open grazing

- The Ekiti state governor is of the opinion that without an alternative, the ban will not stop the farmers/herders crises

- Recall that Nigerian governors had earlier agreed to end the system of animal husbandry and adopt modern measures

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Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said that without an alternative provided, the ban on open grazing will not end the incessant farmers/herders crisis in the country, Daily Trust reports.

Fayemi who serves as the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) made the disclosure on Sunday, February 21, during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

The governor speaking further explained that though governors have agreed to pursue modern livestock management practices, the transformation will not happen overnight.

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Nigerian governor explains why open grazing ban won’t end herders/farmers’ crisis
Governor Fayemi has said that the open grazing ban won’t end the herders/farmers’ crisis. Photo credit: @kfayemi
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While noting that herders who want to engage in modern livestock programmes must be supported, Fayemi added that the delay in prosecuting erring herdsmen has made many to believe that the state is protecting them.

The Ekiti state governor called for the adoption of state police. According to him, this will enable states to be policed effectively.

This development is coming after the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) on Thursday, February 11, said it had reached a consensus on the need for the country to transition into modern systems of animal husbandry that will replace open, night, and underage grazing in the country.

The NGF's resolution was contained in a communique signed by its chairman and Ekiti state governor.

The governors were encouraged to put in place systems to accelerate the grazing initiative of the National Livestock Transformation Plan and ranching in the country.

Meanwhile, reported that Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, on Tuesday, January 26, commended southwest governors for raising their voices against night and under-aged grazing across the region.

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Adams in a statement said the new agreement was a swift response to the growing spate of insecurity across the region.

He said the new arrangement was the governors' response to the growing insecurity across the region, adding that the effort of the state chief executives was a step in the right direction and an attempt to douse the tension and also proffer lasting solutions.


Oluwatobi Bolashodun is a journalist with six years of working experience in the media industry. She graduated from Babcock University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. Oluwatobi is a Current Affairs Editor, mostly writing on political, educational, and business topics. She uses her team spirit to encourage others to work hard.


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