The issue of open grazing has surfaced again, as the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has asked the federal government to provide funds for those in private business to set up ranches in the state, a demand he made during his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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According to a report from Cable News, it was gathered that Governor Obaseki, while speaking with some groups of journalists after a brief meeting with the president, disclosed that: "As you know, most southern states have passed laws relating to open grazing but Edo State has not. That was because we want to ensure that whatever law we pass are laws that we can enforce."
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Why Obaseki demanded for the fund:
Obaseki demanded for the federal government support to fund the sanctioning of open grazing of livestock in the state because grazing is expensive and it requires a huge amount of money to run and manage ranches.
The main motive that was behind the reason Obaseki requested for the fund:
The main reason that motivated Obaseki to request for the support of the federal government in order to fund open grazing in the state was because the Edolites had resolved that ranching was a private business and since the people insisted on accepting the grazing routes, the federal government should make funds available for interested individuals under the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP).
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The summary of Obaseki's statement read below:
"We have conducted an extensive consultation with our people to deal with the issue of livestock grazing, yes, we do not want open grazing because it is out-dated, however, what are the options?
"If we are asking that we should now have ranches and these cattles should now constrained to specific areas, such as ranches, then who will provide for the land?
"My people say that, as far as they are concerned, ranching is a private business and therefore, just like every other agricultural venture, those involved should provide the land."
I suggest that President Muhammadu Buhari should assist the state in funding the enforcement of open grazing because, instead of placing ban on the motion just like other states, especially the South, Edo State has proceeded on accepting the development so I don't see any reason why the federal government should not accept to assist the state.
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