24 February 2021 By Mathew Ayoola
The Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB says necessary measures are being put in place to curb open grazing in the city centre of the Federal Capital Territory.
The Director of AEPB, Doctor Hassan Abubakar made this known while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.
Doctor Hassan Abubakar said arrangements are already on ground to establish grazing reserves in Kawu of Bwari Area Council, Paiko – Kore in Gwagwalada Area Council, Rubochi under Kuje Area Council and Wasa in Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC.
According to him, the move is to discourage herders from coming with their cattles to the city centre.
Doctor Abubakar said necessary facilities and adequate security would be provided in the grazing reserve to enhance the productivity of herders.
The AEPB explained that plans are also on ground to employ some herders to be integrated into the AEPB Stray Animal Enforcement Team to check the menace of open grazing in the FCT.
While expressing concern over the activities of some herders in the FCT, Doctor Hassan Abubakar said AEPB would not hesitate to sanction and confiscate any cattle found grazing in the city centre.
The Director who explained that AEPB had already been meeting with leadership of cattle rearers in the FCT advised them to always graze their cows in the outskirts of the Territory.