The executive Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has announced that in the next six weeks to eight weeks, his administration will create a Task Force to execute the ban on open grazing in the state.
Seyi Makinde mentioned this development in Ogbomoso during a Town Hall meeting in commemoration of the second anniversary of the government, held at the Soun Ogunlola Hall, Oja-Igbo, Ogbomoso, said that open grazing is illegal in the state.
Adding that the government will keep engaging the residents of the state in the budget process, also mentioning that the government team that will collate data for the next budget will soon embark on consultations with the communities.
A statement through the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, cited the governor as also promising the people that his government would soon create an alternative road to the Ibadan/Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway, a federal road which he said has been under construction for too long.
According to him, the state government will construct the Iseyin/Ogbomoso road to connect the Ibadan/Iseyin road already constructed and to make travellers to Ognomoso bypass the traffic snare on the federal road.
He said: “n Oyo State, open grazing is against the law. The implementation plan will come out within the next six to eight weeks. So, to my brother from Oriire who spoke about open grazing, the Task Force will not be for Oriire alone, it will cut across Oyo State.
“So, whoever goes against the law in this state will face the wrath of the law and that is just it.
“And concerning all the requests on road construction, we will plan. Some of these projects will be included in the budget that we are going to come up with next year because we have to work with the fund in government coffers.
“When you engage with our team on a budget, which will be going round very soon, make sure some of these roads are mentioned and I give you my promise that we will do all we can to ensure the right things are done.”
Dr Wasiu Olatubosun the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, in his early remarks, had said that the Town Hall meeting was held to listen to the people of Oyo State rate the performance of the administration and also see what other areas it would need to address.
The event was broadcasted live on three radio stations including Agidigbo FM, Ibadan Ajilete and Parrot Fm in Ogbomosho.