Hon. Deputy Minister,
cattle from neighbouring countries and the attendant destruction of life and property.
Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture (Mr. C. N. L. Eledi): Mr. Speaker, all the 15 countries of West Africa, except Mauritania, belong to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) whose major goal is to foster the economic integration of the countries in the region. This goal calls for the free movement of people and goods, including livestock.
In pursuance of this objective, the heads of state of member countries signed a protocol in 1998 that grants easy movements to owners of herds and flocks of livestock to facilitate seasonal migrations across the common borders of these countries.
Implications for Protocol
Mr. Speaker, as a result of the protocol, Ghana has for some time now been battling with the influx of these livestock from our member countries.
Mr. Speaker, the fact that these alien herdsmen and their livestock destroy our crops and attack our people has brought into focus another dimension. It has become a national security issue. Presently discussions are ongoing under the headship of the National Security Council to find out how best the situation can be contained, especially when our own livestock are sometimes also involved.
Mr. Speaker, the objective of the discussions is to establish some secured areas where communal grazing grounds can be sited. The scheme is to be on a Public Private Partnership basis, involving the community, the District Assemblies and the Ministry. The following intervention