The Delta State House of Assembly today passed the state’s anti-open grazing bill otherwise known as the ‘Bill Prohibiting Open Grazing, Indiscriminate Breeding, Rearing and Marketing of Livestock’.
The Bill was unanimously passed by the House following a motion to the effect by the Majority Leader, Ferguson Onwo, and adopted during the day’s resumed plenary.
The Bill, when eventually signed into law, would address the arbitrary rearing and movements of livestock in the state just as it would also prohibit the carrying of firearms, either licensed or otherwise, by residence or individuals in the state.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Special Bills, Pat Ajudua, while presenting the report on the bill on the floor of the House, had explained that inputs of stakeholders formed part of the proposed law.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, remarked that Deltans and other residents of the state would be very happy that the bill was passed.
The Speaker said, “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 Southern Governors’ meeting held here in our state capital.
“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 recognizing that the security of lives and properties of Deltans as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered) are sacrosanct.
“With the passage of this Bill, well-meaning persons who seek to carry on the business of breeding, rearing and marketing of livestock shall do so within the boundaries of the Law.
“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.
“Once again, I thank you all for your untiring support as always and for your resolute commitment in the passagpeople-orientedented Bills such as this”.