By Nkem Ndem
With vast tracts of unspoiled nature stretching from tropical forest, glorious waterfalls and spectacular warm and cold water springs, as well as a rich cultural heritage, Ekiti State is a great destination for visitors from around the world.
Quite recently, a new law titled, “Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016,” signed by Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to check killings of farmers and destruction of farmlands by Fulani herdsmen was enacted and as expected, there have since been so much commotion over how right or wrong the law is. Most importantly, outsiders are now unclear on how they are to conduct themselves when visiting the state.
Fortunately, we at Jumia Travel have been paying close attention to this issue and seeing as we always put travelers first, we have made a list of 3 key things we believe intending visitors to Ekiti should know about the newly signed law.
The law only applies to herdsmen with ammunition
There really is no need to show skepticism towards visiting Ekiti state at the moment as the newly signed law only applies to herdsmen with ammunition. The law clearly states that anyone caught grazing with arms or any weapon in Ekiti would now be charged with terrorism and be made to face the law according to certain sections of it. Visitors who have other business are free to visit and explore the city without any strict restriction or risk of being branded a terrorist.
The state has experienced better security since the law
Most people have commended the Ekiti state governor for signing the new law as they believe it has strengthened security within the state and extinguished the sense of insecurity and helplessness among the people. Visitors can feel more confident when booking tickets to the location now as the risk of incessant attacks or killings is reduced.
Grazing is still permitted within the state
For visitors who are into farming and are looking to take their livestock out for grazing while visiting, all hope is not lost, you just have to make sure you graze from 7am to 6pm on whichever day you chose and ensure that the grazing is done on the specific portions of land approved by the government. According to the law, anyone caught grazing on portions of land or any farmland not allotted by the government shall be apprehended and made to face the law.
Nkem Ndem is PR Associate at Jumia Travel