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Open grazing to attract 3 years imprisonment as Ogun Assembly passes Bill

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Ogun State House of Assembly has passed the Animal Grazing Regulation and Cattle Ranch Establishment Law, 2020. 

The Bill, which was passed at the plenary on Thursday, puts offenders at the risk of three years jail term.

According to the lawmakers, the bill would act as a guide to managing the incessant clashes between herders and farmers in the State, which has led to the loss of lives and property in the Ogun West senatorial part of the state.

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 thereto and connected therewith” and its passage was preceded by the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Agriculture by the Sponsor, Ganiyu Oyedeji at a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo.

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Oyedeji thereafter moved the motion for the adoption of the report, seconded by Hon. Olusola Adams and supported by other lawmakers through a voice vote.

The bill was later read and adopted clause-by-clause after which the motion for its third reading was moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff, seconded by Wahab Haruna, after which the Clerk of the House and Head of Legislative Services, Deji Adeyemo took the third reading of the bill before the lawmakers.

Responding, Speaker Oluomo directed that the clean copy of the Bill be transmitted to the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

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