Count Benue Out Of Your Grazing Reserve Policy, Ortom Tells FG

Count Benue Out Of Your Grazing Reserve Policy, Ortom Tells FG

By Henry Ibya Makurdi

Benue State Government has distanced itself from the purported arrangement by the Federal Government to kick start the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), with the establishment of grazing reserves in 19 Northern states including Benue, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, as well as Ogun and Oyo states in the south west.

Commissioner for information, culture and tourism in Benue State, Mrs. Ngunan Adingi, who was reacting to media reports credited to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Sambo Nanono, who was quoted to have affirmed during the 44th regular meeting of National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD), that 22 states including Benue and Abuja, had already registered with the NLTP’s office, in a statement made available to AljazirahNigeria Friday, in Makurdi, insisted that Benue State Government and it’s people have no Land for grazing reserves. 

According to the Benue information commissioner, “While we cannot speak for other states listed in the establishment of the grazing reserves, as announced by the Federal Government, for the avoidance of doubts, Benue Government has domesticated the NLTP plan as approved by the National Economic Council” pointing out that since the NLTP  itself was not a compulsory programme, Benue State Government has instead embraced ranching as a matter of policy and law for animal husbandry.

Mrs. Adingi, further argued that domesticating the NLTP plan in Benue State will amount to a contradiction of the law establishing the prohibition of open  grazing already in force in the state pointing out that the Benue State Government was committed to the enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranching Establishment Law 2017, and insisted that no part of the state will be allocated for grazing reserves.

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