Abiodun Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into law In Ogun,Orders Enforcement By Security Agencies - EDU-BIZNEWS


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Abiodun Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into law In Ogun,Orders Enforcement By Security Agencies

Governor Dapo Abiodun  has signed into law, the Bill regulating animal grazing which  also makes it mandatory  for herders to establish Cattle Ranches in Ogun State.

Abiodun while assenting to the bill shortly after his return into the country on Thursday, gave heads of security agencies in attendance at a Security Council meeting held in the State Secretariat, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, a marching order to immediately enforce the law, after expiration of six months grace period

With the signing, the governor joined his counter-parts in Lagos and other Southern States who had signed similar bill into law,to ban open grazing in their respective states

He said that the issue of open grazing had  been discussed along the length and breadth of the country and concluded that practice should be outlaw, to embrace modern system of animals breeding or husbandry which "we southern governors have discussed and endorsed".

"Ogun, has enjoyed peace among various ethnic nationalities until the recent farmer- herder skirmishes", he stated

''Cattle rearers, according to Abiodun have a six- month period of grace before it becomes illegal in Ogun state for cattle rearers to occupy unapproved public areas and private land with their livestock for grazing".

The law also prohibits the act of moving cattle around public places by herders.

A committee headed by the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina has been set up to midwife the implementation and enforcement of the new law.

The signing of the anti-open grazing law by the Governor followed the decision of the Southern Governors’ Forum last August, setting the September deadline to pass the law across Member States.

There were pockets of crises witnessed in the State as a result of alleged open grazing in the Yewa axis of the State in April, necessitating the setting up of a peace committee headed by a former House of Representatives, Hon. Kayode Oladele.

The crises this year pitched Hausa-Fulani settlers against their Yoruba host communities.

It is expected that the anti-open grazing law will prevent the spread of the menace across the State.

Gov. Abiodun said, “By implication, in six months, it will become unlawful to openly graze cattle or other livestock in the state”

The Ogun State House of Assembly had on July 8, 2021, passed the bill.
Speaker Olakunle Oluomo subsequently transmitted a clean copy to Governor Dapo Abiodun for assent.

The bill was passed after unanimous votes by the lawmakers at the sitting where the bill was read the third time.

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