Bayelsa State Bans Indiscriminate Cattle Grazing

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The Bayelsa State Government has restricted the activities of herdsmen in the state to the Bayelsa Palm area.

Gov. Seriake Dickson announced the restriction on Friday in Yenagoa in a live radio and television programme.

The governor said the measure was taken as a result of recent upsurge in violence and criminal activities of herdsmen in some parts of the country.

Mr. Dickson also warned herdsmen against bearing arms in the course of grazing their livestock, saying anyone contravening the order would face the wrath of the law.

He explained that the government had been collaborating with security agencies and leaders of the herdsmen, to set up designated ranches.

“No cattle should be seen roaming the streets of Yenagoa. It is a dangerous trend and we are working on a system to give them a temporary place at the Bayelsa Palm, which has over one thousand hectares.

“Non-state actors will not be allowed to go about with weapons because government will not condone it.

“We have been taking a lot of measures to check the activities of herdsmen in the state. We condemn the attitude of herdsmen who come into the state and carry cattle to destroy farmlands,” Mr. Dickson said.

On the 2017 budget, Mr. Dickson said though the estimate was higher than that of the previous year, the government would shore up its revenue base through various ways and means.

He said the levies such as personal income, property and consumption taxes would enhance revenue.

According to Mr. Dickson, the 2017 budget will address critical needs of the rural areas, adding that at least a health centre will be sited in every ward.

The governor said plans were under way to re-position the public service for enhanced productivity.

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