The Honourable member of the Federal House of Representatives, Barrister Bamidele Salam has lent his voice to the controversial Open Gracing policy of the Federal Government.
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He made this statement while featuring as a guest of first edition of Media Parley of the Osun Online Media Practitioners Association (OOMPA) on Monday, June 21, 2021.
Salam said cow business should not be used to kill us and destroy our livelihoods.
Hon Salam was of the opinion that all the regions should depend on the resources that is acruable to their regions.
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He said God has endowed each state with the resources they have comparative advantage over other states.
“Some few months ago traders in the north decide they are not going to be bringing foodstuffs to the South and the prices began to go up because of agitations. I said this is an example of what we are talking about. It means the South and the North also have certain comparative advantages that they can leverage on on the economy…So no part of the country is equally endowed.”
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“So encourage each part of the country to develop on their own pace.”
He added that if the South wanted cows and goats that they cannot rear, they should buy it.
“But they should not use the business of cattle rearing to destroy the livelihood of ours, to create insecurity and kill the farmers on their land.”
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“People will obtain loans from the bank to plant cassava and some cows will come and eat the cassava. Who does that?
“In 2021, we are still talking about creating ranches, oh my God!”
“Nigeria does not rank the first 20 in the number of cattles in the world. How. does the countries that have millions manage theirs?”
“I support the ban on Open Grazing, it is a sensible thing. Even at the Nothern Governers Forum, they said Open Grazing is no longer sustainable. I give kudos to the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, he said Open Grazing is no longer sustainable.”
“You cannot say what you did more than 50 years ago, that is what you want to do today, no one does that in the world.”
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