The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has commenced fight against cattle grazing and roaming in the Abuja city centre. A Ministerial Task Team on Environment under the Chairmanship of Squadron Leader Abdullahi Monjel, has been inaugurated to keep the animals off the streets of Abuja.
The ban on cattle movement in the city came amidst protests by residents that the animals constitute nuisance and threat to lives.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has met with members of the Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, FCT Chapter on the matter. At the meeting held in his office, the minister directed the association to nominate some of its educated young men to be part of the committee. He reiterated that herdsmen must move their cattle out of the Federal Capital City because there is no way, such animals can co-habit with the residents.
Malam Bello emphasized that even for safety reasons, cattle should not roam on the streets and highways in the city and this is not because the government wants to prevent cattle breeders from raring cattle in the Territory.