Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state said on Monday that Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment which was signed into law in July this year would take effect in January 2018.
The governor said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Two panels were set up to sensitize the farmers and the herdsmen so that they both understand the benefits of the anti grazing law because I still believe for the herdsmen socially and economically, that is the best thing that will ever happen to them if we can consolidate on that.
“The awareness is improving each day and people are beginning to know that these laws are done in good faith and are done to secure lives and properties of the people. We are sure that there will be not much hindrance to its implementation,” he said.
The governor said he briefed the President on issue of security, agriculture and power, and thanked the President for approving the takeoff of the Mambilla hydro-power project after over 30 years on the drawing board.
“I’m also here to thank him very much indeed about the award of Mambilla hydro-power project which is one of the biggest hydro-project in Nigeria. It has stayed over 30 years on the drawing board until his administration.
“So that is a very big feat and I thought I should come and thank him and seek his audience when next I will come with Taraba people to thank him. Is a very good project for the country as a whole, 3.050 megawatts, for those of us who know what a megawatt is, it can do a lot in developing Nigeria,” he said.