Nigeria: Nyesom Wike’s Pledge to Eradicate Open Grazing in Abuja

Nigeria: Nyesom Wike’s Pledge to Eradicate Open Grazing in Abuja

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a determined effort to address the issue of open grazing within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike, has declared his commitment to putting an end to this practice within the city limits of Abuja.

This declaration was made during a meeting with the Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Daniel Bertrand, held in Abuja on Wednesday.

Wike assured concerned residents of Abuja that concrete plans are being devised to prohibit the free roaming of cattle within the city center. He emphasized the importance of engaging various stakeholders in discussions aimed at finding lasting solutions to the challenges posed by open grazing.

Recognizing the multifaceted nature of addressing insecurity in the FCT, Wike reiterated the administration’s commitment to adopting diverse strategies to combat criminal activities effectively. One such strategy involves forging stronger partnerships with private sector players in the transportation industry to bolster security measures in the city.

During the meeting, Ambassador Daniel Bertrand expressed satisfaction with the minister’s proactive stance in tackling the issue of open grazing. He also conveyed his country’s interest in exploring opportunities for collaboration with the FCTA in the development of Nigeria’s capital.

The minister’s determination to end open grazing in Abuja underscores the government’s resolve to prioritize the safety and well-being of residents while promoting sustainable land use practices. This initiative aligns with broader efforts to modernize agricultural practices and enhance food security across the nation.

As discussions continue and concrete measures are put in place, stakeholders are hopeful that Wike’s pledge will lead to tangible outcomes in curbing open grazing and promoting peaceful coexistence within the FCT.

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