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24 Jul 2017

BREAKING NEWS:Taraba State Governor, Ishaku Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill into Law


Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Monday in
Jalingo, signed the state Open Grazing
Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill
2017 into law.
Speaking while appending his signature on
the bill, the governor said the law became
necessary to curtail incessant clashes
between herdsmen and farmers.
He said the law would become operational on
Feb. 24, 2018 to enable the government
sensitize all parties about its provisions.
Ishaku said: “Today is a historic day for the
state as the law will usher in permanent
solution to killings by herdsmen.
“Strange herdsmen with sophisticated
weapons had terrorized farmers and the
indigenous herdsmen over the years,
destroying their crops and rustling their cows
on daily basis.
“I believe that enacting a law is the best way
out of the persistent crisis in the state for the
benefit of all.”
The governor commended the state
Legislature for passing the bill in spite of the
pressure and media propaganda against it.
He said that opponents of the bill could not
provide an alternative measure to bring peace
to the farming communities.
He announced that government would
establish pilot ranches, one in each of the
three senatorial zones where herdsmen could
graze their cattle.
He said that government would mobilise
farmers to cultivate grasses for the cattle
when the law becomes operational.
The state House of Assembly passed the bill
on July 19. (NAN)
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