The Enugu State House of Assembly has passed the Prohibition of Open Grazing and Regulation of Cattle Ranching Bill into law. The bill which was passed during the Assembly plenary in Enugu on Thursday, is for a law to prohibit open grazing, regulate cattle ranching, and for connected purposes.
This is coming two days after the House held a public hearing on the Bill. The leader of the Assembly, Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu stated that the passage of the Bill followed the consideration of the Report of Public Hearing presented by Chairman of the joint Committee, Hon. Mrs Amaka Ugwueze and Emma Ugwuerua and Okwu Chinedu Co chairmen of the Committee.
Ezeugwu said that the bill would be cited as Enugu State Prohibition of Open Grazing, Regulate Cattle Ranching, and other Connected Purposes (HB.7) 2021.
The Joint Committee is on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Judiciary, Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges, Youth, Sports, and Security Matters.
The bill which was sponsored by Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, would forestall farmers/herders clashes as well as killing and raping of women by herdsmen. The bill is a 16-page document with 36 sections.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, had, during the public hearing, noted that the anti-open grazing bill is not targeted at anybody or group but to promote peaceful co-existence in the state. He further thanked the sponsors of the bill and the committee while noting that the people of the state had been clamoring for the law for a long time. He also expressed optimism that Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi would not hesitate in accenting to it.
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