Bayelsa govt to legislate anti-open grazing

Obinwannem News Bayelsa govt to legislate anti-open grazing

Bayelsa government has adopted an executive bill for 7 outright ban of open grazing – to regulating the business of livestock breeding and marketing – which will be passed on Wednesday.

This was made known on monday by Tonye Isenah, chairman of the house assembly joint committee on agriculture and natural resources, trade, industry and investment, environment and security.

The bill titled, “Livestock Breeding And Marketing Regulation Bill 2021”, has scaled the first and second reading.

Mr Isenah, a former speaker of the house had revealed the pasage of the bill into law Friday by the governor of Bayelsa Douye Diri.

He said that the public hearing was aimed at getting views from other stakeholders, in order to enrich and strengthen the bill to become efficient in the State.

He promised that inputs made during the public hearing would be harnessed by the committee.

“We want to assure that this week, the committee will sit tomorrow to prepare our report and submit to the house on Wednesday”.

“And that Wednesday (today) it will undergo ‘expeditious’ passage, then on Thursday, and Friday the governor should be able to sign the bill into law so that we can live as human beings”, he added.

Groups that made presentation on the bill includes, the cattle rearers and butchers associations, farmers and vegetables growers, civil society organization, and traditional rulers.

Others were police, security and civil defense corps, Ijaw Youth council and association of local government.

Subsequently, on monday, leader of the house who sponsored the bill Bubou Obolo, said the bill was very essential, because the government has a constitutional duty to secure lives and property through proper legislated regulations.

In addition, he said when the bill is passed into law it would “prevent herders farmers clashes and also prohibit movement of livestock on foot and possession of firearms, but will allow the using of trucks to convey livestock”.

Lolo Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News

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