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Governor Ortom canvasses legislation to ban open grazing

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom wants other state Governments to back the ban on open grazing with legislation.

He made the call at the law week organised by the Makurdi Branch of Nigeria Bar Association with the theme, Open Grazing in Nigeria: threat to National and Food security.

Governor Samuel Ortom who declared the law week opened said open grazing would have negative impact on the socio economic activities and fuel ethnic tensions and called on the Federal Government to implement the policy on ranching as captured in the National Livestock Transformation Plan which was adopted by the National Economic Council.

Mr. Ortom also called for all militant herdsmen groups to be proscribed.

Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike in a message also said open grazing was a threat to the peace.

Chairman Nigerian Bar Association, Makurdi Branch, Mr. Justine Gbagir said enactment of the open grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment law was the only solution to farmer herder clashes.

Terna Injua

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