The government of Benue State has reviewed controversial anti-open grazing, ranching and prohibition Law 2017 of the state, increasing the fines payable by defaulters by as much as 1000%.
While signing the reviewed bill into Law, the governor of Benue state said the country was suffering from bad governance, because of intolerance of advice by the presidency.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state also accused the Presidency of barring him from entering the Statehouse in Abuja and preventing him from meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari because he has criticized his administration.
Ortom, speaking after signing the controversial anti-open grazing, ranching, and prohibition Law 2017 of the state, said the country was suffering from bad governance due to the presidency’s intolerance of advice.
His words: “We thought the bandits will respect the law of the land. We gave a moderate charge of 2,000 for any cattle impounded. A cow is sold for over 200,000. We discovered that the charges for other states are higher up to 70,000, because the policy is dynamic.
“We have decided to revise the charges for cows impounded in Benue State. Henceforth, if any cow is impounded, the owner will pay the sum of 50,000 instead of 2000.
“An additional 20,000 will be paid on a daily basis and if the cows are not taken away from the quarantine center after 7 days, they will be auctioned. All these we are doing to tell anyone involved in open grazing that it is wrong,” Ortom said.