Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today announced that advocacy and workshops on the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017 would be stepped up for the benefit of all the stakeholders.
He spoke at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, Tuesday, after a meeting with the North Central zonal leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN.
“We have also agreed that we do further advocacy and also organize workshops to intimate their members and other stakeholders on issues relating to the law,” he stated.
“These are friendly people and we’ve been discussing and we’ll continue to discuss on the implementation of the law.”
Governor Ortom stated that he met with the leadership of the association to discuss the arrest and detention of some herdsmen and cattle which contravened the law and that an agreement was reached that the cattle would be released after the payment of the minimum fine.
He said those whose cattle were arrested agreed to give an undertaking that they would either embrace ranching or relocate.
“We’ve said it clearly that the law cannot be reversed and they also assured me that we shall join forces together to eliminate the criminal elements in our society so that our people can live in peace,” the Governor stressed.
North Central Zonal chairman of the Association, Danladi Ciroma, pledged to partner with the Benue State Government to ensure peace in the State.
“What we’re pleading for is that let’s be carried along as indigenous Fulanis in Benue State and the Governor has said he’ll do that,” Ciroma stated.