Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has signed the state’s open grazing prohibition and ranching establishment bill recently passed by the state house of assembly into law.
Performing the signing ceremony at the Government House Exco chambers in Jalingo, Ishaku said the law was a mile stone in the history of the state as it will turn a new leave in the economic and social life of the people of Taraba.
The governor noted that the introduction of the bill was necessitated by the dangerous dimension open grazing has assumed in Taraba and Nigeria as a whole in the last two years.
He lamented that the country in the last two years witnessed a lot of crises, destruction of farmlands and settlements occasioned by the activities of strange herdsmen using sophisticated weapons, who have seemingly defy security solutions.
“To the best of my knowledge, I have not heard that anyone of them has ever been arrested by our security agencies, despite that they have killed hundreds, maimed dozens and destroyed communities across the country.
“For the fact that our security agencies have not been able to proffer solution to this problem does not mean we will sit and resign to faith on the problem because the primary responsibility of any government anywhere in the world is the protection of lives and property and I can’t sit and watch my people being killed and maimed,” he said.
The governor who announced the transition period of six months within which the law will take full effect said the government will establish pilot ranches and sensitize the herdsmen and farmers on the symbiotic relationship that is expected to exist between them even as he informed that people will be encouraged to grow grasses to supply to the ranches.
Ishaku appealed to Nigerians especially the elite to avoid the temptation of playing politics with issues of security, but promote the well-being of the masses for the economic growth and peace of the country.
“It’s unfortunate that non of the elites, fanning the embers of war against the bill could provide an alternative option to the problem of rampaging herdsmen against our farmers. It’s my responsibility to protect all citizens of Taraba and I will never relent on my oath to ensure the security of lives and property,” he said.