Benue state to build 6 ranches to implement anti-open grazing law

Benue state to build 6 ranches to implement anti-open grazing law

- The Benue state government is to build six pivot ranches in the state

- The security adviser to the Benue state governor said the pivot ranches would be used as a confine for impounded cattle

- He said the ranches will be located in Kwande, Katsina-Ala, Ukum, Guma, Makurdi and between Gwer West and Agatu

To facilitate the effective implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Benue, the state government on Tuesday, October 10, said it is to build six pivot ranches.

Governor Samuel Ortom on May 2, 2017, signed the law, which he said would check incessant clashes between farmers and herders.

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Col. Edwin Jando (retired), the special adviser to the Benue state governor on security, disclosed the plan to build the ranches in Makurdi, at the end of a critical stakeholders meeting for the implementation of the law.

According to him the meeting was aimed at sensitizing stakeholders, particularly herdsmen, on the law.

Jando said that the pivot ranches would be used as a confine for impounded cattle, adding that they would be kept in the confinement for seven days before being auctioned or the owner fined.

The security adviser noted that the ranches will be located in Kwande, Katsina-Ala, Ukum, Guma and Makurdi, while another one will be located between Gwer West and Agatu.

He also said that government would not build ranches for herdsmen, and advised interested herdsmen to acquire land through the due processes and build their ranches.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that stakeholders in Benue have agreed to begin the implementation of the 2017 Anti-Open Grazing Law in November.

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News Agency of Nigeria reports that the law, which was signed by Governor Ortom in June, gave herdsmen a deadline of October to end open grazing and replace same with ranching from November 1.

The stakeholders formally endorsed the deadline at the expanded State Security Council meeting held at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi.

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Source: Naij.com

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