The newly sworn-in minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has promised to put an end to open grazing in the city.
Wike stated this on Monday upon his assumption of office as the FCT Minister in Abuja.
He said that he would consult with the herdsmen so they can find a way to put an end to open grazing.
The former governor stated that the herdsmen can rear their cattle outside the city but would no longer be allowed to graze on the grasses used for the beautification of the city.
He said, “We will consult with the herdsmen to see how we will stop [open grazing] because we can not allow cows inside the city.
“They can be outside the city because the grasses are outside the city. The grasses in city were planted to beautify the city. It is not that one that they would eat.
“So, we will discuss. Let us say it, you are trying inside the [presidential] Villa for example, and you see about 20,000 to 40,000 goats, if foreigners see that, how would they feel?”
Wike also vowed to crack down on illegal markets in the FCT.