The new development came after a motion for the third reading was moved during the plenary of the Assembly in Asaba, by Mr. Ferguson Onwo, the Majority Leader of the House. The motion was unanimously adopted by the house and was seconded by Mr. Innocent Anidi, the Minority Leader of the Assembly.
Earlier before then, Mrs. Pat Ajudua, the Chairman of House Committee on Special Bills, had presented the report of the bill on the floor of the House where it was received and adopted.
She noted that the inputs of stakeholders formed part of the proposed law and that the bill would prohibit the carrying of firearms, either licensed or otherwise, by individuals in the state, just as it seeks to curtail the indiscriminate rearing of animals and movement of livestock.
"Dear colleagues, I congratulate all of us on the passage of this very important bill. Today, the house has fulfilled the commitment of our dear state to the agreement reached at the South-South Governors’ meeting held here in our state capital, Asaba", she said.
In his reaction, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, the Speaker, expressed his gratitude over the new development, stressing that the residents of the state would be very happy that the bill was passed.
Oborevwori noted that the passage of the bill will encourage well-meaning people who seek to carry on the business of rearing and marketing of livestock to do so within the boundaries of the law.
”By virtue of this bill, this house has demonstrated its resolve to protect the people of the state from the menace of clashes between herders and farmers. I must therefore, commend all the sponsors of this bill, for recognising that the security of lives and property of the people of the state as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) are sacrosanct", Oborevwori said.
”Also, farmers can now go about their businesses without fear of anyone grazing on their crops. This for sure will boost food production in the state; dear colleagues, this Bill is a right step in the right direction as our women can now go to their farmlands without fear of molestation", he said.
“Once again, I thank you all for your untiring support as always and for your resolute commitment in the passage of people oriented bills, such as this", he concluded.
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