Okonkwo asks Southern Govs’ to implement open grazing ban


One of the aspirants for the Anambra State governorship position on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, has called for the implementation of resolutions reached by the Southern governors at their recent summit in Asaba, Delta State.

Speaking at a radio programme, Okonkwo, who lauded the governors for their courage, said more needed to be done.

According to him, the resolutions need not end as a mere talk, but to be followed with action.

“What we need now is action. We need to see the governors go beyond the resolutions and begin their implementation. We need to go beyond rhetoric to action.

“I have read the communique. I commend them for the show of courage, but this is the time for action. We need to see action in the communique.

“My expectation is that they should go back to their individual states and put the resolutions into action. If they require laws or funding, they should do the needful and begin to act on those resolutions,” he said.

Obiora Okonkwo
Obiora Okonkwo

Okonkwo also urged cattle farmers in the country to heed the call for the ranching of their animals, saying the continued open grazing of cattle has bred so much animosity in the country.

He noted that open grazing of cattle has become archaic and must be replaced by modern system.

The PDP chieftain said ranching is the best option for cattle farming, adding that those involved in the sector ought to ranch their cattle and take benefits of its advantages.

He said: “Open grazing has become obsolete. We can’t continue in that direction as we can see that it has caused so much animosity across the country. So, I support the call for ranching as a modern technique in animal farming. It comes with a lot of benefits, and I expect those involved to take advantage of it.”

The frontline PDP aspirant expressed optimism that with the right legal framework, more investments in animal ranching would end open grazing.

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