The Kogi State Government has assured all its citizens, especially those from the Eastern Senatorial Zone, that its intention to reconstitute the Grazing Reserve Management Committee, in line with the 1965 Northern Nigeria Government Grazing Reserve Law and modified 1978 Land Use Decree of the Federal Government of Nigeria, was in the interest of all and not intended to harm anyone or group.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Kehinde Oloruntoba, and released on Wednesday in Lokoja, the government said the exercise is not targeted at any particular section of the state and that it was commuted to finding lasting peace between the herdsmen and farmers.
The statement reads in part: “Our attention has been drawn to an erroneous interpretation of our memo dated 20th May, 2017 with reference number MOA/KGVL40.VOL1/92 reconstituting the grazing reserve management committee.
“NO BILL has been sent to Kogi State House of Assembly in this regard. This exercise is NOT targeted at any particular section of the state as part of the terms of reference of the committee is to identify other locations within the state. In view of the amount of interest and concerns it has generated, the committee has been dissolved and the entire exercise put on hold immediately.
“The State Government has devised other ingenuous ways of dealing with the Fulani – Farmers crisis in the State.”