Daily Post reported that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State signed the anti-open grazing bill into law in Enugu State on Tuesday. The law effectively bans herdsmen from grazing their cattle openly in Enugu and its environs. The law also seeks to encourage ranching as a more viable and sustainable option to the now outdated system of grazing cattle openly.
Gov. Ugwuanyi. Credit: The Sun.
The writer opines that the move by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is a commendable one, and should be emulated by other Governors of the South-East, the majority of whom were present or represented in the two southern governors' meetings regarding key issues concerning the region.
Recall that Governors of the South jointly decided to ban open grazing of cattle in the region, in view of the incessant clashes between local farmers and herdsmen. The Governors also pronounced September 1st 2021 as the deadline for the implementation of the ban in all southern states.
Southern governors during the Asaba Accord meeting in Delta State. Credit: Premium Times.
While some South-West and South-South states have begun to implement the ban, only the Enugu State government has signed the bill into law in the South-East.
Why should Governors Hope Uzodinma; Willie Obiano; Okezie Ikpeazu; and David Umahi; of Imo, Anambra, Abia, and Ebonyi states respectively, emulate Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi by banning herdsmen from grazing cattle openly in their states?
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First, as stated above, open grazing is a clearly outdated method of rearing cattle. Other developed countries have since deployed ranching system of cattle rearing, as it can improve cattle's overall productivity and yield.
Furthermore, if open grazing is seen as a solution to the incessant bloody clashes between farmers and herdsmen, why shouldn't other Igbo Governors enforce its ban?
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Also, the decision by southern governors to ban open grazing has been applauded by many leaders and stakeholders in the region, including the Ohaneze Youth Council (OYC). The OYC, a group consisting of Igbo youths, also commended Governor Ugwuanyi's quick passage of the bill into law in Enugu State.
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The writer opines that the other four Igbo governors should emulate Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi by signing the anti-open grazing bill into law because it could bring an end to bloody clashes between herdsmen and local farmers, and many Igbos stakeholders believe it is the best move for the South-East.
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