South-West governors ban open grazing

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Governors of the six South-West states on Monday agreed to ban all forms of open grazing in the region.

The Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, who disclosed this on his Twitter handle, said the decision was taken at the governors meeting with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and security chiefs.

The meeting was attended by governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi) and Makinde.

He wrote: “Today, the South West governors held a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ondo State. The meeting was attended by our brother governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; security chiefs, South West zone led by the AIG Zone 11 and leaders from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.

“Collectively, we resolved to ban open grazing in all parts of the South-West. In Oyo State, we already have a law against open grazing which will continue to be implemented by our security agencies.

“I restated that we will not permit criminality as a response to criminal actions. Instead we will continue to support our security agencies to do their duties. Also, we will work with our people to face our common enemies – the criminals; kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.”

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