The National President of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Mohammed Kirowa, Sunday appealed for the extension of time for the implementation of the Benue State anti-grazing law.
Kirowa made the appeal during a security meeting between his members, Governor Samuel Ortom and the three major socio-cultural groups of Mzough U Tiv, the Idoma National Forum and Omi Ny’Igede at the Government House in Makurdi.
The MACBAN president said it became necessary to urge the state governor to consider extending the time for the implementation of the law so as to allow for proper education of its members, some of whom were born and bred in the state and had no other place to call home than Benue.
He said that the association would need more time to carry out advocacy and awareness campaign to its members for an effective implementation of the law.
Ortom however in his response noted that he had no choice than to go ahead with the November 1 set date for implementation of the law as he pointed out to the visiting MACBAN executives that if he does not implement the law, his people would lose confidence in him but assured that the law would have human face.
Earlier, the President General of Mzough U Tiv, Chief Edward Ujege, who spoke on behalf of the three socio-cultural groupings in the state warned the governor not to fail to implement the anti-open grazing law by November 1 this year as earlier promised otherwise the common man would implement the law.
“We called for it (law) because we lost so many people, our homes were being burnt and properties worth several billions of naira were destroyed,” Ujege posited.