FG cannot interfere in grazing process – Ita Enang
Constitutional constraints are preventing the Federal Government from directly interfering in the grazing question, even as it seeks to find lasting solution to the farmers and herders crisis.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja while making a remark at an interactive session organized by the Buhari Media Support Group.
Senator Enang said the best the government could do was to address the security aspect of the matter, without necessarily interfering in the grazing process. According to him, the federal government was constitutionally constrained to grant grazing powers saying the powers was vested in the state government.
“There have been several bills before the National Assembly, but none has become law authorising the President to grant land for grazing purposes or authorise or prevent movement of cattle or animals.
“The Federal Government cannot legitimately interfere in the grazing question, except in the security angle because of the constitution and the law.
“This power is vested in the states, and for grazing purpose it is specifically vested in the Local Government by the Land Use Act,” Enang said.
He urged the campaign group to help enlighten the public on the federal governments constraints on the issue.