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Obaseki reveals why Edo State has not passed laws against open grazing like most Southern states

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has revealed why Edo State has not passed laws against open grazing like most Southern States. According to him, most Southern States have passed laws relating to open grazing but Edo State has not, because, they want to ensure that whatever laws the state government pass are laws they can enforce.

He added that the people of Edo had resolved that ranching was a private business just like every other agricultural venture and should be treated as such. “As you know, most Southern States have passed laws relating to open grazing but Edo State has not, because we want to ensure that whatever laws we pass are laws that we can enforce. We have had extensive consultations with our people to deal with the issue that yes, we do not want open grazing because it is out modelled and out dated; however, what are the options? If we are asking that we should now have ranches and these cows should be constrained to specific areas such as ranches, then who provides the land?,” he queried.

The governor made this statement while addressing the State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, 13th October, 2021.

Obaseki further called for full implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP) to address the problem of clashes between farmers and herders. "As you already know, it is expensive to run and manage ranches. So I came to discuss with the President that since the people of Edo would rather invest privately, then the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP), which is now being implemented by the Federal Government, should acknowledge our model. It should also be able to help Edo people benefit from the funding that is now being made available for people who want to go into the livestock business and have made investments in ranches and other similar livestock programmes,” he added.

On politics, Obaseki commended the Senate for joining their House of Representatives counterparts in approving the transmission of election results electronically.

He said, “Definitely if not for God and the technology utilized by INEC, I may not be governor today. I am one of those people who believe that election results in this country, should be transmitted electronically from the polling units. Because, for elections to be credible, they have to be seen as transparent and once you have voted, you should be sure that your vote will count."


The governor further thanked President Buhari for his support in ensuring the return of Edo’s stolen artifacts to the state from foreign lands.

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