Enugu State House of Assembly has passed the anti-open grazing bill into law on Thursday.
The bill is to prohibit open grazing of cattle, following the deadline issued by the Southern Governors.
The passage of the bill followed due consideration of public hearing reports presented by the Chairman of the joint committee, Mrs. Amaka Ugwueze.
The leader of the Assembly, Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, said, “The bill would prevent the destruction of farm crops, community ponds, settlements and property by open rearing and grazing of livestock.”
“It would also ensure security and peace in the state as well as, prevent killings, sexual molestation and clashes between farmers and Herders.”
The Speaker of the Assembly, Edward Ubosi, while briefing newsmen after the passage of the bill said that, "the bill was not targeted at anybody or group but for the good people of the state and others who live in it.”
He therefore assured that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi would not waste time in giving his assent to the bill.
Meanwhile, during the public hearing on the bill held earlier in the week, the umbrella body of Fulani herdsmen, the Miyetti Allah had asked for one month extension to enable them make input on the bill.
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Source: Daily Post
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