Governor Obaseki asks Buhari to fund Edo ranches

Obaseki said Edo people would rather invest privately in the ranching business. I believe the clashes between farmers and herders could be resolved with a full implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP).

Speaking after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday, Obaseki urged the Federal Government to “acknowledge” the Edo State model. Throwing some more light on the model of his state, Obaseki said those involved in ranching are expected to provide the land.

Obaseki explained that the private view of the ranching exercise is a key reason the Edo State Government is yet to promulgate a law banning open grazing.

“As you know, most southern states have passed laws relating to open grazing but Edo State has not. Because we want to ensure that whatever laws we pass are laws that we can enforce.” The governor stated that during his interaction with President Buhari, he tabled his people’s opinion as regards the ranching practice.

Further making a case for his state, Obaseki said the NLTP should be able to “help Edo people benefit from the funding that is now being made available for people who want to go into the livestock business and have made investments in ranches and other similar livestock programmes,”.

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