Bayelsa State Government has directed Chairmen of the eight local councils to set up sub-committees to work with its Anti-Open Grazing Law Implementation Committee to check activities of errant herdsmen.
Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, gave the directive during a meeting with a delegation of women from Otuasega community, top security officers and other stakeholders in Government House, Yenagoa.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo who said the meeting was necessitated by recent cases of herdsmen violation of the anti-open grazing law at Otuasega in Ogbia council area and other parts of the state, urged the various councils to constitute the sub-committees within one week as steps to checkmate activities of cattle rearers.
He explained that the sub-committees will work under supervision of the State Anti-open Grazing Law Implementation Committee headed by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. David Alagoa.
The Deputy Governor also stressed the need for the Police Command and the sixteenth Brigade of the Nigerian Army to set up a swift response team to work with the committee.
According to Senator Ewhrudjakpo, government was resolute in its resolve to enforce the anti-open grazing law to the latter, warning that violators will be arrested and prosecuted.
Addressing the women of Otuasega at the meeting, the Bayelsa number two man advised them to always channel their grievances to government, rather than protesting.