Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has joined his counterparts in the southern region of the country to sign the anti-open grazing bill into law.
He assented to the Cattle and Other Livestock Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill of Anambra State on Friday at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, Awka.
Governor Obiano explained that the decision of the state government to outlaw the open grazing of cattle and other livestock was to enhance peace between the farmers and the herders in Anambra.
According to him, the management of the crisis between farmers and herders has been a short-term measure and it has become necessary for the government to take decisive action.
The governor stated that the law enforcement agencies have been directed to immediately commence the implementation of the law.
NewsWireNGR recalls that, only recently, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, had also signed the Delta State Livestock, Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Bill 2021 into Law, which he said, will regulate livestock breeding and bans open grazing in the state.
While signing the two bills passed by the state House of Assembly and presented by the Speaker, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, Deputy Speaker, Christopher Ochor and other principal officers at Government House, Asaba, Okowa urged the Federal Government to assist interested farmers to establish ranches across the country.
The bills passed on September 9, 2021, after public hearings on them, are Delta State Urban and Regional Planning Bill 2020 and the Delta State Livestock, Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Bill 2021.
Okowa said the two laws were important to the state, adding that the Delta State Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulations Law had taken a life of its own in the entire country.