The Ogun State Assembly Passed A Measure Prohibiting Open Grazing.
Iexclusive News Nigeria reports that on Thursday, July 8, the Ogun State House of Assembly passed a law prohibiting open grazing.
While passing the measure, MPs stated that it would address ongoing conflicts between herders and farmers.
The bill, titled “HB No. 045/OG/2021- A Law to Regulate Animal Grazing, Establishment of Cattles Ranches in Designated Grazing Areas of Ogun State, and for other Matters incidental to and connected therewith,” received its third reading and final passage after the Sponsor, Ganiyu Oyedeji, presented the report of the House Committee on Agriculture at a plenary presided over by the Speaker.
For offenders of the ban, the bill stipulated a minimum sentence of three years in prison without the possibility of a fine.
Including the forfeiture of the herds of cattle or livestock under his/her control to the State Government for anyone who rears, herd or grazes any livestock in any part of the State except within the permitted ranches or anyone who rears cattle or livestock outside the permitted ranches after the commencement of the law.
After the bill was passed, Speaker of the assembly Olakunle Oluomo directed the assembly’s Clerk to prepare a clean copy of the bill for assent by Governor Dapo Abiodun