*says Gov Makinde never promised to implement national livestock programme wholesale
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government has disclosed that there was no plan by Governor Seyi Makinde to deviate from provisions of its anti – open grazing law and implement the national livestock programme wholesale.
This was made known by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan on Thursday.
According to the Chief Press Secretary, Governor Seyi Makinde”did not at any point say Oyo State would implement the national livestock programme wholesale”
Mr Adisa stated that there will be no going back in the enforcement of the Oyo state anti – open grazing law, contrary to insinuations in some quarters, saying, “Oyo state is not about to deviate from the provisions of its anti-open grazing law,”
The CPS maintained that a section of Nigerians misinterpreted Governor Makinde’s submission on the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) in the state.
“The governor only announced the desire to implement aspects of the NLTP that are compliant with the anti-open grazing law of the state, assented on Thursday, October 31, 2019. For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Makinde’s reference to Oyo State’s desire to implement the NLTP refers mainly to aspects of the plan that are compliant with the anti-open grazing law of the State.”, he said.
Mr Adisa added, “Section 6(1-7) of the law provides the processes by which a livestock owner shall secure land for a ranch, while sections 7(1-4) stipulates the approval process by which a herder or livestock owner can secure a permit to operate the ranch.”, he said
“The law stipulates that a livestock owner shall apply in writing to the landowner or the family in possession of the land meant for ranching; the family shall forward the application to the Ministry of Agriculture, which will forward the same to the Ministry of Environment to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment.
“A report of the EIA will be forwarded to the Governor, who may grant the approval if he (finds) the report suitable.The Oyo State’s anti-open grazing provides punishments for open grazing and child herding, while it also provides that ranch owners must mandatorily fence their ranches.”
He pointed out that Governor Makinde had, while hosting his Kwara State counterpart, Governor Abdulrasaq Abdulrahman, made it clear that the Oyo State Government would only take advantage of “lateral learnings” in the livestock programme being implemented in Kwara with a view to collaborating on security and the economic aspects.