In Bayelsa State, Governor Seriake Dickson told SUNDAY PUNCH that his administration had restricted the activities of herdsmen in the state to the Bayelsa Palm area in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Dickson said the decision was to prevent the invasion of farmlands and check any security breaches.
The governor said the restriction order became imperative in view of the recent upsurge in violent and criminal activities of some herdsmen.
He also warned cattle rearers against bearing arms in the course of grazing their livestock, threatening that anyone caught with weapons would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
It was learnt that the government also set up vigilance groups in the state to identify and report any case of infraction by herdsmen.
Kwara orders herdsmen to pay compensation
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Saturday, said the state government had reached an agreement with relevant stakeholders that herdsmen would pay compensation on any farm that their cattle destroyed.
He stated that the arrangement was necessary to ensure that while herdsmen rear their cattle, farmers are also allowed to farm and produce food to feed themselves and for sales.
Speaking in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, he said the herdsmen had been re-organised with their leaders given the responsibilities to implement the compensation agreement with the farmers.
The governor said the state government had meetings with representatives of traditional rulers, herdsmen association, farmers and other relevant stakeholders where the agreement was reached.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )