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South-West Governors, monarchs meet, unanimously ban open grazing in Yoruba land

Fulani Herdsman

The South-West has banned open grazing in the region.

The ban came following a meeting held in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, on Satruday.

South-West Governors, prominent traditional rulers in the region met at the Ibadan Government House over the lingering security problems in the region.

The stakeholders unanimously agreed that open grazing had become archaic and unsustainable and must therefore be stooped.

They also called on the Federal Government to improve the border security and stop the influx of foreign herdsmen who commit all manners of crimes such as armed robberies, killings, kidnappings and rape.

The meeting was attended by all governors of the South-West region (Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola; Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; and Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun), apart from the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Top traditional rulers who attended were; the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan; Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunnjso 1; and Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao.

The meeting had in attendance the Deputy-Inspector General of Police (South-West), David Folawiyo, the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Ngozi Onadeko, and other heads of security organisations in Oyo State.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, Governor Akeredolu, said; “We discussed that as we are supporting other areas of farming, like rice farmers and others, the need for the government to support cattle breeding is now. And one of the ways we can support cattle breeding is to change the ways and means that cattle breeders are using now.

“So, you can find designated grazing areas where you can graze, you can have feed mills where you can feed, you do not have to trek many kilometres with your herds.

“But things that will lead to open grazing in these modern times must be looked at and the state and Federal Government, in particular, should give support as much as we can to cattle breeders.

“We all agreed that our borders have become too porous and that we need to do something urgently to prevent foreign herdsmen from coming into this country without any form of caution. This is because a number of them have come in with their herds and what they do is of concern to us.

“We all believe that our borders need to be checked and we need to tighten our borders so that all those foreigners from Niger Republic and those beyond bordering states don’t come in with their herds and destroy our farms.

“We all agreed that the time is now that we support the decision of National Economic Council about forest management and that they believe that all the states should be in a position to manage their forest. This will give enough room for you to determine who is there, what purpose are they serving, and where you have people illegally. The state should be able to take some steps so that you can preserve our forest.”

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