By Lawrence Olaoye
Taraba state governor, Darius Isiaku, has said that his government would commence the implementation of the anti-grazing law in the state by January, 2018.
This is coming days after his counterpart, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom signed the enactment of the anti open grazing bill into law and commenced its implementation this month.
Briefing State House Corresponds after a meeting with President Mohammadu Buhari in the Presidential villa yesterday, Isiaku disclosed that two panels have already been set up to sensitise the farmers and the herdsmen so that they both understand the benefits of the anti open grazing bill in Taraba.
Asked what he was doing to address the frequent farmers/ herdsmen clashes, Isiaku said “The state is quiet calm. Our own anti-grazing law will come into effect next year January. Two panels were set up to sensitize the farmers and the herdsmen so that they both understand the benefits of the anti grazing bill.
“I still believe for the herdsmen socially and economically, that is the best thing that will ever happen to them if we can consolidate on that.
“The awareness is improving each day and people are beginning to know that these laws are done in good faith and are done to secure lives and properties of the people. We are sure that there will be not much hindrance to its implementation,” he said.
The Governor added that he was in the Presidential villa to brief the President on the security situation in his state and what his government was doing to bring about peace in the area.
He said he also briefed Buhari on the state’s success in the area of agriculture as well as appreciate the President on the award of Mambilla hydro-power project in the state.
“It has stayed over 30 years on the drawing board until this administration. So that is a very big feat and I thought I should come and thank him and seek his audience when next I will come with Taraba people to thank him.
“It’s a very good project for the country as a whole, 3,050 megawatts, for those of us who know what a megawatt is, it can do a lot in developing Nigeria.
“I’m sure you are aware of our popular green house. Last year, we had 16,000 in the rice farm we want to quadruple that by this year and therefore we need assistance particularly to build channels where we can distribute water.
“Because the dry season farming is more popular than the rainy season, they harvest rice four times more and we want to enhance that,” the Governor said.