The ban on open grazing will be ready by September.This is as announced by the Chairman, South-South Governors’ Forum and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa.
The Governor made this disclosure through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, while stating that the state government had begun work to enact a law to prohibit open grazing in the state.
Speaking further, Okowa noted that the Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Bill, 2021 was already before the state House of Assembly and that the bill had scaled first reading at the parliament and expressed optimism that it would be passed and made ready for his assent before the September deadline set by the Southern Governors’ Forum during the recent meeting of the members in Lagos. The bill passed second reading on Wednesday.
Note that the bill titled ‘Delta State Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation’, sponsored by member representing Ughelli South Constituency, Reuben Izeze, and 24 other lawmakers, was debated during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori.
Izeze opened the debate on the merit of the bill, saying it was long overdue due to the activities of killer herdsmen, adding that it would protect every community in the state.
He said that the bill, when passed and assented to, would help to regulate movement and other activities of livestock dealers in every part of the state.