The Kastina state governor, Aminu Masari has declared support for the Southern Governors’ ban of open grazing, describing the practice as ‘’un-Islamic’’.
Masari made his stance known ahead of preparations to mark second year of his second term in office.
He advocate instead, that infrastructure on livestock farming should be provided in States for ranching as against open grazing.
“This is something we have to do through development, provide necessary infrastructure that will make the herders not to move. Why should herders from Katsina move?
‘’The herders’ movement is essentially in search of two things: water and fodder. If we can provide these two items why should they move?
‘’This roaming about I don’t think. For us its un-Islamic and is not the best. It is part of the problem we are having today. I don’t support that we should continue with the way open grazing is’’.
Masari also lent support to calls for the devolution of power through restructuring saying;
‘’I support devolution totally, the federal government is trying. But the states need to have resource to implement what should have been implemented by the Federal Government.
‘’So, I absolutely support devolution in totality. So as a Government of Katsina we should be allowed by the Constitution, within the Constitution to decide on many things that are peculiar to us.
“I expect with proper restructuring, states should own the reflective of what they earns from within their State.”