Amosun opposes setting up of grazing zone in Ogun

By Ahmed Shobiye, Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has expressed the opposition of the state government to the proposed creation of grazing zones in any part of the country.Speaking in Abeokuta on Friday when he received in audience the technical committee on herdsmen/farmers clashes set up by the Chief of  Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, he stated that the move might not curb the scourge.

Amosun added that rather, he would support the establishment of cattle ranches, by cattle herders as a lasting solution to the conflict.

Addressing his guests, he said, “People have suggested a number of solutions. But, for me, I would not support creation of grazing zones.

They (cattle herders) should take it as a business, probably building  ranches privately. We should not try to solve a problem by creating another one.”

While suing for peace amongst Nigerians, Amosun urged security agents to probe the identities of so-called herdsmen committing murder across the country.

The leader of the team, Major-General Edward Nze in his earlier remarks stated that the panel was set up at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari adding that the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers was becoming a threat to national security.

To address the problem, Nze said a military taskforce codenamed “Operation Accord” would be inaugurated by the military authorities.

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