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Makinde declares open grazing illegal, to launch task force soon

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A task force will be launched to implement the ban on open grazing in the state in the next six to eight weeks, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo has stated .

The Governor also declared open grazing illegal in the State.

He spoke on Wednesday in Ogbomoso during a town hall meeting as part of activities to commemorate the second anniversary of the government.

Speaking at the meeting at the Soun Ogunlola Hall, Oja-Igbo, Ogbomoso, the Governor said his government would soon create an alternative road to the Ibadan/Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway, a Federal road which he said has been under construction for too long.

According to him, the State Government will construct the Iseyin/Ogbomoso road to link the Ibadan/Iseyin road already constructed and ensure travellers to Ogbomoso bypass the traffic snare on the federal road.

Makinde said: “In Oyo State, open grazing is against the law. The implementation plan will come out within the next six to eight weeks. So, to my brother from Oriire who spoke about open grazing, the Task Force will not be for Oriire alone, it will cut across Oyo State.

“So, whoever goes against the law in this state will face the wrath of the law and that is just it.

“And concerning all the requests on road construction, we will plan ahead. Some of these projects will be included in the budget that we are going to come up with next year because we have to work with the fund in government coffers.

“When you engage with our team on a budget, which will be going round very soon, make sure some of these roads are mentioned and I give you my promise that we will do all we can to ensure the right things are done.”

Fatimah Oyesanmi

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