The Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa has joined his Southern counterparts to sign an anti-open grazing bill into law.
Naija News understands that the bill that prohibits open grazing, indiscriminate breeding, rearing, and marketing of livestock in the state was signed into law following approval by the state house of assembly.
The bill came to be following a motion moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Ferguson Onwo during last Tuesday’s plenary.
The state government is optimistic that with the passing of the bill, citizens who seek to carry on the business of breeding, rearing, and marketing livestock will hence do so within the boundaries of the law.
The development also is believed to bring about peace as farmers can now go about their businesses without fear of anyone grazing on their crops or been attacked by terror herders. This according to the state government will for sure boost food production in the state.
The Chairman, House Committee on Special Bills, Pat Ajudua, while presenting the report on the bill on the floor of the House before its adoption by the House, disclosed that inputs of stakeholders formed part of the proposed law.
On his part, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, expressed happiness over the development, saying Deltans and other residents of the state would be happy with the passage of the bill.
Oborevwori said, “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 your resolute commitment in the passage of people-oriented bills such as this.”
Signing the bill into law on Thursday, in his office at the Government House, Asaba, the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, flanked by the House of Assembly Speaker, Oborevwori and Clerk of the House, Lyna Ochulor, lauded the state lawmakers for a thorough job carried out on the bill.