There has been news circulating around for the past three days that the Oyo state government is about to give lands to the northerners for the purpose of Ranching. The Governor,, Engineer Seyi Makinde was thereby accused of deviating from the provisions of anti-open grazing law.
The rumour about the Governor deviation from anti-open grazing law of the state didn't meet the people of Oyo State well as they express their dissapointment on various platform when the Governor makes his submission on the implementation of National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) in the state.
Therefore the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Chief Taiwo Adisa has come out to explain the Oyo State government stand concerning ranching and the implementation of National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) in the state.
In his explanation, Chief Taiwo Adisa explains that the state is not about to deviate from the provision of anti-open grazing law and that Governor Seyi Makinde was misinterpreted on his submission concerning the implementation of National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) in the state.
He said the Governor only proclaimed his desire to implement some parts of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) that are compliant with the anti-open grazing law of the state.
He further explains that the section 6(1-7) of the law states that a livestock owner shall secure a land for ranch while section 7(1-4) specify the approval process by which a herder or livestock owner can secure a permit to operate the ranch.
The law requires that a livestock owner shall by writing apply to the land owner or the family that possesses the land about to use for ranching, then the family shall forward the application to the Ministry of Agriculture which will forward the same to the Ministry of Environment for Environmental Impact Assessment.
The Assessment report will then be forwarded to the Governor who may or may not grant the approval based on the report given to him.
Chief Taiwo Adisa emphasize and clarify that the Oyo State Government didn't at any point declared to implement National Livestock Program wholesale.
Below is the full statement.
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