The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, Thursday inaugurated the Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshalls (EGEM), the body saddled with the enforcement of the recently signed Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti State Law.
He gave them a mandate to rid the State of the menace of herdsmen, with a declaration that “he will not sit back and watch when Ekiti people were being killed, their wives and daughters being raped and their sources of livelihood being destroyed under the guise of cattle rearing.”
The inauguration was witnessed by all major stakeholders in the state, including traditional rulers, chiefs, local hunters, police, army, civil defence, private sector unions, among others.
Read full text of Governor Fayose’s speech at the inauguration.
Today, we have taken another bold step aimed at safeguarding the lives and properties of the people and residents of Ekiti State by
inaugurating the Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshals (EGEM) and equipping them adequately.
Recall that I signed the Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti State Bill, 2016 into law on August 29, 2016, after the bill was duly passed by the State House of Assembly.
The law provides amongst others that; “No person shall cause or permit any cattle or other ruminants belonging to him or under his control to graze on any land in which the Governor has not designated as ranches, no cattle or other ruminants shall by any means move or graze at night and that cattle movement and grazing are restricted to the hours between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.