By Sunday Aloba, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Government has rejected any planned moves by the Federal Government to establish grazing reserves in the state, rather it has opted to establish cattle ranches across the three senatorial districts of the state.
This was made known to the media on Wednesday by the member representing Ikole State Constituency 1, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan during a public hearing organized by the joint committees on agriculture and environment on a bill to regulate and control cattle grazing in Ekiti state.
Chairman of the committee who is also the Deputy Speaker of state House of Assembly, Hon Adewumi Olusegun recalled how incessant attack on residents by herdsmen in recent time had drawn the attention of Ekiti State government and the need to control their activities.
Hon. Adewumi who said the bill is first of its kind in the country expressed optimism that the bill when passed into law will enhance protection of lives of Ekiti people.
In his contributions, the Chairman of state Council of Obas and Ologotun of Ogotun Ekiti, Oba Oyebade Oladapo in his remarks highlighted some of the havoc that have been wrecked in time past by herdsmen.
The monarch also thanked the state government for coming up with the bill which will no doubt save farmers and residents from the nefarious activities of the herdsmen.
Another traditional ruler, the Elemure of Emure, Oba Adebayo Emmanuel called for the creation of ranches for cattle rearers in the state; he also called on the government to make available irrigation facilities for farmers in the state.
A house member from Gbonyin LG, Hon. Fajemileyin in his remarks told participants that the committee is not out to witch hunt anyone but to prevent properties and lives of the people of Ekiti from destruction.