Aside from the Crisis and all of Nigeria’ s other challenges, the open grazing issue has been a difficult one to address. Many people, including political leaders and their constituents, were pleased with the open grazing edict, but others were not because they were concerned about the potential for destruction and turmoil in the state and country. The ban on open grazing was finally approved by the court after some legal battles, with the court cautioning anyone who practiced open grazing to stop.
Following the ban on open grazing, Sen. Tofomowo has appealed to the government to provide another means of grazing livestock to farmers to avoid extra trouble in Nigeria.
Tofowomo, who spoke on a radio station in Akure, Ondo State’ s capital, noted that such farms will be used not just for cow breeding but also for milk, cheese, and other byproducts manufacturing.
He recommended Nigeria to take a page from the United States, which has 94 million cattle spread across 700, 000 farms, with Texas having the most, yet enjoys peace without the conflicts that plague Nigeria today. ” For this reason, I have urged the senators from the south to do better.
Late Obafemi Awolowo created farm villages in various senatorial districts during his reign. Some of them have now become dormant. The federal and state governments may sit down and decide to turn these farm villages into cow farms, ” he stated.
The senator, who was elected on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket, praised Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for his opposition to open grazing and asked other governors to join him in opposing the practice.
Tofowomo, in response to a query on the differences between the PDP’ s previous administration and the ruling APC, said: ” Nigeria was not as awful as it is now when the PDP was in office. ”
Today’ s exchange rate is atrocious. ” Commodity prices are no longer affordable. One dollar now exchanges for N540, and one pound for N740 on the black market.
Under the PDP administration of Goodluck Jonathan, a liter of petroleum cost N87, but today, a gallon of petrol costs N167. The price was increased by President Muhammadu Buhari’ s APC administration. ”
” The tariff is no longer cheap because it has been hiked by 100 percent by this current administration, ” Tofowomo remarked in response to the projected rise in energy tariff.
The rate of unemployment under the PDP is not quite as high. The sense of insecurity was not as high as it is now. Kidnappers are increasingly breaking into people’ s houses to abduct them, therefore Nigerians are no longer safe in their homes. It is currently taking place, particularly in some parts of Abuja. ”
Tofowomo, the Vice- Chairman of the Senate Committee on Land Transport, praised Governor Akeredolu and other southern governors for agreeing to restrict open grazing but recommended them to go a step further by constructing cow farms.
” The Southern Gov. is doing a great job in the country that why the Southern senators are ready to support them” .
There will be an issue if open grazing is prohibited and no alternatives are provided for people to graze their cattle, ” it might bring chaos again and that is not what we want in Nigeria today.