The Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom has declared today as the beginning of prohibition of open grazing in the state for all kinds of livestock.
The declaration by the Governor followed the expiration of the grace period given to livestock owners when the law prohibiting open grazing was signed in February this year.
In a state broadcast, Governor Ortom urged all citizens who are into livestock business in the state to ranch them or face the wrath of the law.
“Today, first November 2017, marks the beginning of the prohibition of open grazing in Benue State. I call on all citizens residing in Benue State who are into cattle or livestock business to abide by this law.”There is no more open grazing in Benue State. All those who are interested in doing livestock business must ranch their livestock, otherwise, the law will catch up with them. Let me appeal to all citizens to be law abiding.”
“Where there are trespasses or infringements of the law, report to the appropriate quarters and it will be duly handled by the team put in place. I want to appeal to all of us to be law abiding.”The law seeks to protect farmers and herdsmen alike. The law seeks to ensure peace for all citizens. The law is not targeted at any individual or group of people or any ethnic group.”he said.
The Governor appealed to the people not to take laws into their hands but report any infringement of the law saying adequate machinery has been put in place to enforce the law.
“No one should take laws into his hands. We have put in place adequate machinery to enforce the law.”We have suffered hardship, we have suffered pains, we have suffered sorrow. We have lost so much from both sides and we cannot allow this to continue as leaders with the responsibility of providing security for lives and property”the governor said.
Dr. Ortom said the anti open grazing law was not targeted at driving any individual or any ethnic group out of Benue but seeks to bring peace for all citizens
“I want all citizens to join hands with Government to ensure that we adopt this method of ranching which is the global best practice for all those in livestock business all over the world.”he added.
by ;TERNA INJUA