Wike signs into law Open Grazing Prohibition Bill

By AdvocateNews on 20/08/2021

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Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has signed into law bill on Open Grazing Prohibition in Rivers State.

This was made known in a press release made available to the media by the Special Assistant (Media) Rivers State Governor, Kelvin Ebiri on August 19, 2021.

Governor Wike while speaking on the Open Rearing and Grazing Prohibition law, No.5 of 2021, Governor Wike said it is inimical to development and peace, for any state to condone open grazing of cattle.

Governor Wike said cattle rearing is agricultural business and the law, which has specified ranching, is so intended in order to stem clash between herdsmen who go to destroy farmland, crops, and having problems with farmers that lead to fighting and killing of themselves.

“It is no longer a story. All of us know what our people have suffered in terms of this open grazing. Today all Nigerians have come to accept the reality that open grazing is no longer fashionable. Even our brothers in the north have agreed that it is no longer fashionable.”

He added that the law banning open grazing in Rivers State will serve as both cure to the symptom and the disease of herders and farmer bloody conflict.

He expressed optimism that lawmakers in the state will continue to partner with the executive in providing requisite laws that will advance the state for the good of posterity.

Meanwhile, the Leader, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Martin Amaewhule in appreciation remarks said lawmakers delineated, and gave speedy passage to the bill because of it’s relevance to the socioeconomic progress of the State.

Posted 20/08/2021 11:45:57 AM

 

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