Herdsmen also need protection — Fayemi

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Monday, February 22, 2021

/ by National Pivot

Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has said ban on open grazing is the only option on the table to avoid the current clashes between herdsmen and farmers, but also noted that the security of herders is as important as as the security of everyone else. 

The governor who made the statement on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, warned against displacing herdsmen, saying government must make sure alternatives are in place to avoid chaos. 

“All our governors agreed that we must pursue modern ways of livestock and open grazing and other practices that are sustainable.

“We must embrace our national livestock transformation plan which may include the use of ranching and other grazing areas that are protected.”

“We also acknowledged the fact that this will not happen in one fell swoop as it will not happen overnight.

“We need to have deliberate processes in ensuring that open grazing is phased out and modern livestock management practices are taken by states and we must support livestock farmers the way we support cassava and rice-growing farmers through the anchor borrowers’ programme.

“We must support herders and those who want to engage in modern livestock programmes,” he said.

Fayemi said the delay in prosecuting erring herdsmen made many believe that the state was shielding herders.

He called for the adoption of state police to enable governors “to police their states effectively.”

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