‘Cattle tax’ will solve Fulani herdsmen problem - Inusah Fuseini
“We must institute a cattle tax because they are grazing on the resources of this country. The grass belongs to this country,” the Minister said.
He was certain that that would be the only way Ghana will benefit from the activities of the herdsmen as well as minimize their activities within the country.
“We must institute a cattle tax because they are grazing on the resources of this country. The grass belongs to this country,” the Minister said during a panel discussion on Citi FM.
Government has over the years struggled to finds a permanent solution to the problems caused by Fulani herdsmen who allow their cattle to graze on the farm lands of Ghanaians.
The most affected community in Ghana is Agogo in the Ashanti Region. According to the residents, the Fulani herdsmen rape their women and murder their relatives who dare challenge them for destroying their farms.
The youth in the area threatened to prevent their chief from celebrating his 40 anniversary as Omanhene of the area.
But Alhaji Fuseini is of the view that both the youth and the Member of Parliament for the area are addressing the issue wrongly.
“You cannot have an emotional solution to a rather difficult situation. What the MP did was an emotional solution. You could see clearly that we need a carefully thought out solution to this problem. You don’t need to further exacerbate situations. It’s a failing of a sort,” he remarked.
He however clarified that he is in no way suggesting that the MP “perpetuated an illegality but all I am saying is that the approach was wrong.”
“You don’t use an emotional approach to solve a problem of this nature. You need to engage the people and let them understand that there are ways of doing things and doing things well,” he stressed.
“We must rise to the occasion and make sure that we are able to track these people anytime they are entering Ghana and know exactly where they are.”
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