Governors of the southern region have resolved to ban open grazing and the movement of cattle by foot.
Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo, announced the ban on Tuesday after a meeting of the governors in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
According to Akeredolu, who spoke on behalf of the governors, the decision was taken as part of efforts to improve security in the region.
“The meeting resolved that open grazing of cattle be banned across southern Nigeria,” Akeredolu said.
“Development and population growth has put pressure on available land and increased the prospects of conflict between migrating herders and local populations in the south. Given this scenario, it becomes imperative to enforce the ban of open grazing in the south, including cattle movement to the south by foot.”