The Governor of Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that the State has delayed signing the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law because it may be difficult to enforce.
He revealed this at a town hall stakeholders’ meeting to review the government’s strategies at improving security and stemming herders-farmers crisis in the State.
17 southern states in the country had set September 1, 2021 as the deadline for passing the Anti-Open Grazing Bill in each state.
Obaseki stated: “the delay in the signing of the law is to ensure the crafting of an implementable law that will put an end to the growing insecurity and economic challenges in the state.
“We are one of the few states that are yet to sign the Anti-Open Grazing law, and the reason is simple; it doesn’t make sense to put out a law you cannot enforce.
“The best way of enforcing a law is to bring everybody together to be part of that law. We have a crisis in our country, it is deeply rooted; there are different causes. Let us go to the root of the causes and resolve it from there.
“People have said that we have lived a hundred years together in harmony before now. Why are we having these problems today?”
“If we don’t go to the reason, then we will be scratching the surface. Let us start by understanding why we are having this challenge.
“The Anti-Grazing law, in my view, is to deal with some perceptions. I want to tell you that this is not an issue between Christians and Muslims; it is not an issue between North and South, and it is not an issue between Edo and Fulani people.
“As long as we have decided that we will eat meat and drink milk, we will have to sit down and rearrange the business, engaging the people who are producing these foods on how they must organize themselves.”