*says whoever goes against it will face wrath of law
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Tuesday said open grazing is now illegal in and across the 33 local government areas of the state .
Answering questions during aTown Hall meeting held at the Soun Ogunlola Hall, Oja-Igbo, Ogbomoso, the governor vowed that whoever goes against the law in Oyo state will face the wrath of law .
Governor Makinde stated that to ensure strict compliance with the ban on open grazing, his administration will within the next six to eight weeks launch a Task Force to implement the ban on open grazing in the state.
” In Oyo State, open grazing is against the law.The implementation plan will come out within the next six to eight weeks. So, to my brother from Oriire who spoke about open grazing, the Task Force will not be for Oriire alone, it will cut across Oyo State”, he said.
Engineer Makinde stressed, “so, whoever goes against the law in this state will face the wrath of law and that is just it”.
He then disclosed that his administration will continually engage the people of the state in the budget process, and that towards this, a government team to collate data for the next budget will soon embark on consultations with the communities .
According to the governor, ” when you engage with our team on budget, which will be going round very soon, make sure some of these roads are mentioned and I give you my promise that we will do all we can to ensure the right things are done.”
Assuring that his government would soon create an alternative road to the Ibadan/Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway, a federal road which has been under construction for too long, Governor Makinde said the state government will construct the Iseyin/Ogbomoso road to link the Ibadan/Iseyin road already constructed and ensure that traveller’s to Ogbomoso bypass the traffic snare on the federal road.
” Concerning all the requests on road construction, we will plan ahead. Some of these projects will be included in the budget that we are going to come up with next year because we have to work with the fund in government coffers
Oyo state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun while speaking disclosed that the Town Hall meeting was held to gauge the feelings of the people of Oyo State on the performance of the administration and also see what other areas it would need to address.