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Edo Assembly passes anti-open grazing bill

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
31 March 2022   |   2:31 am
Edo House of Assembly, yesterday, passed the bill for a law to prohibit open grazing of cattle and regulate other livestock in Edo.

Edo Assembly

Edo House of Assembly, yesterday, passed the bill for a law to prohibit open grazing of cattle and regulate other livestock in Edo. 

The motion to dissolve the House into committee of the whole was moved by the Deputy Speaker, Roland Asoro, and seconded by the member representing PDP Esan North-East 1, Francis Okiye.

Considering the bill clause by clause at the committee of the whole, the lawmakers passed relevant sections of the bill with amendments to Sections 5(7) and 5(8)

Section 5 (7) now reads that a ranch committee to be constituted by the governor shall determine the size of the land suitable for ranching in conjunction with the community where the ranch is proposed.

Section 5 (8) was also amended to read that the committee should control the activities of cattle herdsmen within various communities.

Section eight prohibits open grazing in the state.

According to the bill, Section 9(1) empowered the state governor to designate land for ranching in the land.
Section 9(2) states that an owner of land shall apply to the committee in writing of his intention to operate a ranch with his land.

The Speaker, Marcus Onobun, thereafter directed the clerk, Yahaya Omogbai, to give the bill its third reading and forward clean copies to the governor for his assent.

Meanwhile, the House has received copies of the constitution alteration bills (fifth alteration bill), 2022 for the consideration.