Lawyer accuses Taraba government of reneging on promise to herdsmen


Taraba State government’s inability to provide infrastructure for animal husbandry as the state’s open grazing prohibition law takes effect next year has become a source of worry to Mohammed Mustapha, a human rights lawyer.

Mustapha, in Jalingo, yesterday, said less than two months to enforcement of the law, the government of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, has reneged on commitments to make life easy for the herdsmen.

While signing the law, the governor, according to Mustapha, said he would facilitate pastures, construct dams and support herdsmen to establish ranches in the nooks crannies of the state.

Wondering why government has swept under the carpet all its promises on implementation, he said: “We know from the onset that there will never be justice and sincerity in implementation of the law, despite government’s claims that the law will benefit farmers and herdsmen.”

But Senior Special Assistance on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan-Abu, said the governor has not reneged on his promises to make life easier for both farmers and herders.

“After assenting to the law, the governor constituted stakeholders committee, which he mandated to carry out six-month sensitisation on provisions of the law and its benefits,” he explained.

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