Following the resolution of the Southern Governors Forum against the open grazing of cattle, Chairman of the forum and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has signed into law the Anti-Open Grazing Bill in the state.
Recall that the state House of Assembly had passed the bill on July 2, 2021, to regulate the rearing and grazing of cattle and curb farmers/herders clashes in the state.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said the Governor signed the bill into law to curb insecurity in the state.
Ojogo added that Akeredolu signed by the law in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum at its last meeting in Lagos where the governors set September 1st as the deadline for signing of the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.
The commissioner stated the law will further unite residents of the state irrespective of ethnicity, religion or creed.
The statement reads: “The move is in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum at its last meeting in Lagos where September 1st was set as the deadline for governors in Southern Nigeria to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.
“This is worthwhile and a very laudable development aimed at stemming needless instances of skirmishes, conflicts as well as infractions on the enviably peaceful disposition of the good people of Ondo State.
“It is very pertinent to aver and indeed, reiterate that the law shall rather, engender a more cordial, mutually benefiting relationship amongst residents of the state irrespective of ethnicity, religion or creed. For emphasis, no particular group of persons is the target.
“While it is the hope of the government that all residents would take ample advantage of this law to enhance our socio-economic well being in Ondo State, compliance of same shall be given the utmost attention. Government shall pursue with vigour, through lawful means, to ensure strict compliance.
“In this regard, details of the new law shall be made available to the public for proper information, more depth of understanding on contents as well as other relevant areas.”