Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said that government will not provide free grazing reserves for herdsmen as being speculated by some members of the public.
He said this at the opening of a two-day summit on national security organized by the Senate, adding that any land provided by the state for grazing reserves will be paid for by the herdsmen.
Osinbajo said that the Federal Government lacks the power under the constitution to forcefully take state land.
He said that any state government that feel like buying into the idea of grazing reserves will do a gazette, which investors in livestock can key into to breed cattle.
“Herdsmen will pay for the services to be rendered by the proposed ranches or grazing reserves by the government,” he said.
Also in attendance are the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.); the service chiefs and Senators.
Osinbajo said, “Let me reiterate that on no account will any land be seized or forcefully taken to create ranches or grazing areas. All insinuations to that effect should be disregarded. No one is giving land to herdsmen, as is being falsely alleged.
He said that while the Federal Government would support ranches or livestock production for commercial purposes, it will respect the Land Use Act of 1978 that made state government the owner of its land.