Yahaya Bello Kogi Govt will reconstitute Grazing Reserve Management Committee

Oloruntoba said that it was meant to end incessant crises between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

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The Kogi Government on Wednesday said it would reconstitute the Grazing Reserve Management Committee in line with the 1965 Northern Nigeria Government Grazing Reserve Law.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Kehinde Oloruntoba, said in a statement signed on Wednesday in Lokoja, that it would be reconstituted after due consultation with the stakeholders.

He said that reconstitution of the committee was not targeted at any section of the state.

Oloruntoba said that it was meant to end incessant crises between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

“Our attention has been drawn to an erroneous interpretation of our memo dated May 20 with reference number MOA/KGVL40.VOL1/92, constituting the grazing reserve management committee.

“No bill was sent to the Kogi State House of Assembly in this regard.

“This exercise is not targeted at any particular section of the state, but part of the terms of reference of the committee is to identify other locations within the state.

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“In view of the amount of interest and concerns it has generated, the committee has been dissolved and the entire exercise put on hold immediately.

“The state government has devised other ingenuous ways of dealing with the menace of farmers-herdsmen crises following the directive of the Federal Government.

“Gov. Yahaya Bello will continue to develop all parts of the state evenly, while the Ministry of Agriculture shall involve all stakeholders in finding lasting solution to the problem,” he said.

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