Herdsmen: Set Up Anti-Open Grazing Task Force – Oyo Assembly Tells Makinde

The Oyo State House of Assembly has, on Tuesday, called on the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde to set up an Open Grazing Prohibition Task Force to ensure full implementation of the anti-open grazing law across the State.

Deliberating on how to curb the rising spate of insecurity in the state, the house also stated that all hands must be on deck at the moment to ensure that the high rate of killings, kidnappings, banditry, armed robbery, cult clash and other forms of crimes across the State are addressed and reduced drastically.

The motion jointly sponsored by Hon Babajide Adebayo (Ibadan North 2) and Hon Kazeem Isiaka (Oyo East/West) noted that insecurity, which has assumed a worrisome dimension across the State is having its toll on the socio-economic activities of the people.

The House said the issue of herders / farmers clashes and destruction of farmlands by cattle would only be addressed if the State Government commences full implementation of anti-Open hearing and grazing law already passed into law.

According to them, in line with the provision of the law, there is the need for the State Government to establish Open Grazing Prohibition Task Force to implement and ensure full compliance with the law.

The House charged its Committee on Agriculture to liaise with the State Government on the process of implementing the law, and the level of progress made on the applications of the anti-open hearing and grazing law.

In his remarks, the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin said the House of Assembly was not against any ethnic group in the state but stated that it was time for security agents to deal decisively with anyone caught causing a breach of peace in any form.

He assured that the Legislature will give all necessary support to the State Government towards ensuring full implementation of all necessary laws including the anti-open hearing and grazing law, adding that the use of Open Grazing Prohibition Task Force will help greatly in the implementation of the law.

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