We’re ready to obey grazing law – MACBAN
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday held talks with state and zonal leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), where he insisted that there was no alternative to ranching law enacted by the state government to regulate livestock business. The meeting took place at the Government House, Makurdi.
Speaking at the meeting, the governor said the ranching law was the collective decision of Benue people, stressing that he lacked the power even as the governor to reverse or make adjustments to it.
He added that MACBAN had requested for more time to enable them adjust and conform to the law, but he promised them that the law would be implemented with a human face and that was being done, he said.
The governor noted that while the law was being implemented, discussions between MACBAN and the state government would continue with a view to fashioning out ways of ensuring peace between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
He added that the main objective of the meeting was the arrest and confiscation of some cattle in breach of the ranching law, saying that the state government had agreed to release the cattle to their owners after the payment of fines as stipulated by the law.
North Central Zonal Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Danladi Chiroma, said they were ready to obey the Open-Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law and to cooperate with the Benue State Government to expose criminal elements responsible for the current crisis.
“We are ready to obey the provisions of the antiopen grazing law and also cooperate with the Benue State government to expose the criminals that had been responsible for the current crisis between herdsmen and farmers.”