SSF Hails Governors Against Open Grazing
Written by Emmanuel Okorie on May 12, 2021
Senators under the auspices of Southern Senators Forum (SSF) on Wednesday backed religions Governors who insisted on ban against open grazing.
The forum also commended the governors for taking a firm position on other burning national issues such as kidnapping and killing of people in the region.
The Federal lawmakers who made this known in a statement jointly signed by the SSF Chairman, Secretary-General and Publicity Secretary, Senators Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti), Mathew Uroghide (Edo) and Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu) said that the move“would help in reining in those hiding under cattle grazing to unleash terror” on citizens.
According to the group, the resolution would serve as a buffer to wanton destruction of farmlands, kidnappings and carnages.
The statement read, “Southern farmers were losing Hundreds of millions of Naira to plundering of food crops through encroachments on farmlands and exposing the region to famine and acute food scarcity.”
“This critical point of our national life when the economy was being bedevilled by galloping inflation, youth unemployment and insecurity, food security is very crucial to mitigate the effects of these diverse evils on the citizens.
“Available records have shown that attaining food security status would remain a mirage in the south owing to ravaging effect of outdated livestock grazing policy being unleashed on farmlands by some unscrupulous herders.
“Most appalling were the seemingly unabated kidnapping , raping and killing of our people by suspected herdsmen, who have become bandits heating up the system.