Herdsmen to pay for grazing reserves
Written by Morenike Adebayo on February 9, 2018
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the Federal Government lacks the powers to seize or forcefully take land from states for the establishment of grazing reserves or livestock production centres. Osinbajo also announced that herdsmen will pay for the services to be rendered by the proposed ranches or grazing reserves by the government.
He stated these at the opening ceremony of a two-day summit on national security organized by the Senate in Abuja. Osinbajo noted that the government’s view is that states that are willing and have set aside land for development should cooperate with willing investors in commercially-viable, government-supported ranches or livestock production centres for commercial use.
He said for the grazing reserves to be effective and operate effectively, they should be operated as ranches or livestock production centres on a commercial basis. Osinbajo said apart from states that had gazetted grazing areas, 13 states have agreed to allocate 5,000 hectares of land for ranching or livestock production.
He also stated that decentralization of the Nigeria Police Force and creation of state police were some of the ways to go in tackling the herdsmen and farmers’ violence in the country. Osinbajo dismissed the claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is indifferent to the killings by Fulani herdsmen because he is Fulani.