Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia, has emphasized the need for strict implementation and enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law in the state. During a Security Council meeting held at Government House Makurdi, the governor called upon security agencies and all stakeholders to prioritize the implementation of the law.
In addressing the challenges posed by armed and criminal herders, the governor urged a preventive approach rather than a reactionary one. The resolutions of the meeting, as conveyed by the Chief Press Secretary Tersoo Kula, highlighted the importance of dialogue and multiple approaches during the implementation and enforcement of the law.
A sub-committee, composed of key stakeholders such as the Commissioner of Police, the Director of State Security Services, Traditional Rulers, NAPTIP, Immigration, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs (BLGCA), and the Office of the Security Adviser, was established. This sub-committee is tasked with identifying the leaders of the Fulani herders and providing a report to the Security Council within three weeks.
It is crucial for all stakeholders to recognize and respect the existence of the Anti-open grazing law in Benue State. The governor emphasized the need for sincerity in the implementation and enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, which is currently in effect.
The Security Council also highlighted the significance of creating a peaceful environment for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to safely return to their ancestral homes. Additionally, the council directed the Chief of Staff to collaborate with the Deputy Governor to address the boundary issue between Ohimini and Otukpo Local Governments, which was previously discussed in a meeting.
Through these measures, Benue State aims to enforce the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law effectively, ensuring the security and well-being of its citizens while facilitating a peaceful coexistence between herders and local communities.