Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has said the implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing and Ranches Development Law in the state will commence in phases on January 24.
It was expected that the implementation of the law would commence fully on January 24 as earlier promised by the governor while signing the bill into law.
However, the governor, at the end of a security meeting with security agencies and monarchs in the state yesterday, said the implementation of the law would be executed gradually starting with the provision of infrastructures and other necessary requirements needed for the implementation.
Ishaku, who was represented at the briefing by his deputy, Haruna Many, said, “The implementation of the law will be carried out gradually, beginning with provision of infrastructure, establishment of pilot ranches, provision of clinics, training of personnel and cattle control mechanisms.
“The Taraba State Livestock and Ranch Administration and Control will be inaugurated. Special State Livestock Control and Administration Marshals Corps will also be put in place,” he said.
Ishaku assured the traditional rulers that the ranching law would boost the economy of the state as well as bring about peace and security, adding that farmers and herders in local government areas would be sensitized on the benefits of the law.
The traditional rulers also promised to educate their subjects on the need to support ranching law.
The governor, therefore, urged the public to shun the temptation of introducing politics into the law just as he appreciated the decision of the traditional rulers at the meeting to support the law and avoid the temptation of being lured into an agenda under the guise of ethnic and religious sentiments.