Traditional rulers in Ijebu, Egba and Yewa zones in Ogun state, have rejected the creation of grazing routes for movement of cattle proposed in the animal grazing bill before the state House of Assembly.
Instead, the monarchs called for the utilization of the existing cattle ranches in Owode-Egba and Imasayi areas, established by the defunct Olabisi Onabanjo administration.
The Obiri of Aiyepe, Oba Abesisi Okunbajo representing the Ijebu Traditional Council; the Onimasayi of Imasayi , Oba Gbadebo Oni from the Yewa traditional council and the Olu of Owode-Egba, Oba Kolawole Sowemimo from the Egba Traditional Council, made their position known during a public hearing on a bill seeking to regulate animal grazing and the establishment of cattle ranches in Ogun State, organized by the state House committee on agriculture and forestry.
The royal fathers say the creation of grazing routes for cattle will defeat the purpose of the bill and lead to the destruction of farmland, capable of causing another round of farmers and herdsmen clashes in the state.
Instead of creating grazing routes, the traditional rulers suggested the use of vehicles to move the cattle to designated grazing zones as proposed in the bill.
Also speaking at the public hearing, South West chairman of the Fulani herdsmen, Alhaji Mohammed Kabir called for inclusions in the bill, the various recommendations of the report of the ad-hoc committee set up by the State Assembly in 2012/2013 to resolve frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
The house committee chairman on agriculture and forestry, Harrison Adeyemi and the bill sponsor, Ganiyu Oyedeji promised to include their suggestions in the bill.
The state justice commissioner, Doctor Olumide Ayeni who lauded Oyedeji for sponsoring the bill, assured the stakeholders of state government readiness to implement the bill when passed into law.