By Kingsley Braide
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), has appealed to Bayelsans to give the committee saddled with the responsibility to implement the anti-open grazing law time to do their work.
Governor Douye Diri, had last week constituted the 23-member committee to implement the Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Law which he recently assented to.
The committee which is chaired by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief David Alagoa had representatives from security agencies, traditional rulers, youth groups and other relevant stakeholders.
Chairman of the Central Zone of the IYC, Comrade Clever Inodu, who made the appeal also called on the people, especially the youths to continue to be peaceful, law abiding and exercise more patience on the issue of herders roaming the streets of Yenagoa with their cattle.
Comrade Inodu who is also a member of the committee told newsmen in Yenagoa on Sunday that his appeal became necessary following numerous complaints from members of the public about the continuous activities of the herdsmen.
He acknowledged that the IYC has received reports that the herdsmen still move freely with their cattle in Yenagoa and other parts of the state without restriction, despite the establishment of the state livestock breeding/rearing and management committee.
The IYC leader explained that as chairman of all ijaw youths in the state, he is aware of the concerns raised by the people, especially farmers whose crops are sometimes destroyed due to the activities of the herdsmen.
“We have received complaints from various quarters but I want to appeal that we give the committee more time to finetune a template to effectively carry out the assignment giving to them, in order to avoid the breakdown of law and order.
“I commended youths of the state for their peaceful disposition since the herders/farmers misunderstanding started but let me also appeal to them to be tolerant and ensure more understanding as the committee is putting in place measures to bring a lasting solution to the issues”.
He said he saw the urgent need to lend his voice to the issue and call for calm as a concerned citizen and as chairman of the central zone of the IYC, to further sensitize and appeal to the conscience of those who want everything done overnight.