Minister of Defence Masur Dan-Ali/File

The Senate has called on Minister of Defence Brig.Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (retd.) to withdraw his call on states to suspend their laws prohibiting open grazing.

The anti-open grazing law is currently operational in Benue, Ekiti and Taraba States.

Concise News gathered that the members of the National Assembly asked the minister to withdraw his statement during plenary on Wednesday.

While raising a point of order Senator Barnabas Gemade condemned Dan-Ali’s statement as untrue.

Germade then called on the minister to withdraw the statement as the states were empowered by the Land Use Act to take ownership and management of land resources.

In Ekiti, the law prohibits open-grazing between 6pm and 7am. In Benue, it places an absolute ban on open-grazing across the state. While the law took effect in July 2017 in Taraba, there was a caveat that it would be implemented gradually after aggressive awareness campaigns across the state.

In addition, the lawmakers granted Gemade’s prayer to “ask the Minister of Defence to withdraw his statement on his call for the withdrawal of the anti-grazing laws in Benue and Taraba as these laws were properly enacted in accordance with the states’ Houses of Assembly.”