Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Wednesday signed the anti-grazing bill passed by the House of Assembly into law.
The House which was presided over by its speaker, Anieken Bassey, had on September 14, 2021, voted for the implementation of the Bill into law.
The Akwa Ibom governor after assenting the Bill which is now law vowed that henceforth anyone whose livestock strays into another person’s farm or property, no matter how highly placed, would be sanctioned accordingly as stipulated by the new law.
According to him, “The law will be used against you, irrespective of who you are, so make sure you create ranches to take care of your livestock.
“It is very painful for a farmer to wake up and discover that his crops that he had toiled for several months have been destroyed by your cattles.
“Just as you are rearing your animals to make profits, the farmer is also aiming for profits and as such, you should not come and destroy his own business with yours.
“Once you are caught, such animals would be confiscated and the fine would add to the revenue of the state government, and shall also be used to settle the loss of the farmer”.