Ohanaeze Ndigbo hails Ugwuanyi for signing anti-open grazing law
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has applauded Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for signing into law the state’s anti-open grazing bill.
Ugwuanyi had on Tuesday signed the law in the state.
The law, which will prohibit open grazing, regulate cattle ranching, and for connected purposes, was recently passed into law by the Enugu State House of Assembly.
Recall that Ohanaeze Ndigbo at a meeting with the Southeast governors at the Government House, Owerri, Imo State, had urged the governors to put machinery in motion for laws on anti-open grazing.
It stated that its position was rooted in its philosophy for peace and unity in the country, stressing that the major source of conflict between the herdsmen and the Igbo indigenous farmers was the unconscionable open grazing by the herdsmen.
In a statement issued yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Chiedozie Ogbonnia, the organisation stated: “Nothing can be as disheartening as waking up in the morning to discover that one’s farm has been ravaged by cows. The worst is that any form of protestation by the indigenes against the wilful damages will be met with all forms of attacks, including kidnapping, torture, maiming, and in some cases, killing.
“It is to curb the conflicts that arise from the herdsmen-farmers relations that in May 2021, the 17 southern governors resolved on the ban of open grazing in southern states. They recommended that the Federal Government should support willing states to develop alternative and modern livestock management systems,” the statement added.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, therefore, commended Ugwuanyi for keeping faith with the agreement reached by the southern governors, saying: “Ugwuanyi’s assent to this bill is expected to improve on the existing peace and security in Enugu State.
Ugwuanyi has shown character and integrity. Ohanaeze Ndigbo owes it a duty to continue to engage other South-East governors who are yet to initiate action on the ban on open-grazing until the entire region is free from herders-farmers conflict.”