Abuja - Oyo Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has warned against the proposed creation of grazing zones across the country, arguing it was against the spirit of the Land Use Act and overriding public interest.
He said such proposals were “ill-advised.”
“This is a panacea to the perennial clash between trespassing herdsmen and farm owners,” said Ajimobi.
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Ajimobi stated this during the launch of the ‘AgricOyo,’ the Oyo State agriculture initiative, held at Paago in Oke Ogun zone of the state.
“This is the time to call a spade a spade. Those clamouring for creation of grazing zones across the country should have a rethink. It is against the Land Use Act; it is against the law of natural justice to seize people’s land to cater for someone’s cattle,” he said.
Ajimobi said Grazing zones could be created for traditional cattle rearers in their areas.
“I’m not against that. But, you cannot come here and tell me you want to occupy our land for grazing zones. The land exists in our respective states and as such the rightful owners should decide what to do with them.”
“Anybody outside this zone willing to rear cattle here will need to approach the state to buy the land and we offer what is available with rules. There is no free land for grazing zones. We need to take a firm position. It won’t happen,” Ajimobi said.
He warned that it was illegal for herdsmen to destroy farmlands and attack farmers in the guise of feeding their animals.
Ajimobi’s sentiments come in the wake of deadly clashes between villagers and herdsmen.
- CAJ News