Grazing routes: 17 Southern Governors to Meet Over Buhari’s Land Recovery Order

Grazing routes: 17 Southern Governors to Meet Over Buhari’s Land Recovery Order

  • Governors from the 17 states in Southern Nigeria are reportedly scheduled to meet in Lagos state on Monday, July 5
  • The purpose of the meeting which is being hosted by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is concerning the recovery of grazing routes for herders
  • The southern governors had unanimously agreed to put a ban on open grazing as part of moves to address the issues around herdsmen

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Lagos state - A report by The Punch indicates that southern governors will on Monday, July 5, meet following President Muhammadu Buhari's order on the recovery of grazing routes for herders.

It was gathered that this meeting would further assess decisions taken by the 17 governors at their last meeting on the open grazing ban, restructuring, fiscal federalism, and the call for state police, Arise TV News added.

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Southern governors to meet over President Muhammadu Buhari's order on the recovery of grazing routes. Photo credit: @IAOkowa
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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will be hosting his counterparts from other southern states for the second meeting.

Southern governors take a decision on open grazing

Back in May, the forum of southern governors agreed to ban open grazing in the region during a crucial meeting in Asaba, Delta state capital.

This critical decision was announced by the chairman of the forum, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on behalf of his counterparts, on Tuesday, May 11.

Akeredolu said the resolution is part of the governors' efforts to tackle the menace of insecurity that emanates from the unchecked activities of herdsmen.

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FG says no going back on reclamation

Meanwhile, the federal government has declared that there is no going back on its plans to reclaim grazing routes in the country.

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President Buhari had given the hint that his government will reclaim the routes during his recent interview with Arise TV.

The routes are currently being retraced and recovered by the government agents for herders to graze their cattle.

We’ve reclaimed 2,000-km cattle grazing routes - Katsina government

In a related development, Katsina state has done what President Buhari requested of them even before the directive was given.

According to the special adviser to Governor Aminu Masari on Livestock and Grazing Reserves, Dr Lawal Bagiwa, the state government had already reclaimed the routes before the order to that effect was given.

While other states differ, Katsina claimed it had already reclaimed over 2,000 kilometres of cattle routes across the state, which were marked out with beacons.


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