Governors of the six South-West states have agreed to ban any form of open grazing in the region.
The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, announced this on his Twitter handle and said the decision was taken during the governors meeting with the leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and security chiefs.
The meeting was attended by Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola; Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, Jigawa State governor, Mohammed Abubakar, Kebbi state governor, Abubakar Bagudu and governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.
While making the announcement, Makinde tweeted: “Today, the South West governors held a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ondo State. The meeting was attended by our brother governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; security chiefs, South West zone led by the AIG Zone 11 and leaders from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
“Collectively, we resolved to ban open grazing in all parts of the South-West. In Oyo State, we already have a law against open grazing which will continue to be implemented by our security agencies.
“I restated that we will not permit criminality as a response to criminal actions. Instead we will continue to support our security agencies to do their duties. Also, we will work with our people to face our common enemies – the criminals; kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.”