The number of state governors opposed to the federal government’s proposed plan to establish grazing zones across the country increased on Friday with Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, kicking against the idea.
The governor was of the opinion that grazing zones should be the private business of cattle rearers, not the government.
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Gov. Amosun further stated that the federal government’s plan to establish grazing fields in states across the country will not put an end to the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.
Mr. Amosun, however, said he would support the establishment of cattle ranches as lasting solution to the conflict.
He made this known in Abeokuta while receiving the technical committee on herdsmen/farmers clashes set up by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin.
“The setting up of the committee is timely and a step in the right direction. People have suggested a number of solutions. But, for me, I would not support creation of grazing zones. They should take it as a business, probably building ranches privately. We should not try to solve a problem by creating another one”, he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the head of the technical committee, Major-General Edward Nze, said the panel was set up by Gen. Olonisakin at the behest of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Maj.-Gen. Nze noted that the technical committee had visited some affected states, including Nasarawa, Benue, Enugu, Zamfara, Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo, ahead of the planned operation.