The Delta State House of Assembly has passed into law the anti-open grazing bill which prohibits open grazing, indiscriminate breeding, rearing and marketing of livestock in the state.
The bill was passed on Tuesday at the house's plenary following a motion moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Ferguson Onwo.
The Chairman House Committee on Special Bills, Pat Ajudua, while presenting the report on the bill on the floor of the House before its adoption by the house disclosed that inputs of stakeholders formed part of the proposed law.
Reacting to the passage of the anti-grazing bill, the Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori, expressed happiness over the development, saying that Delta people and other residents of the state would be very happy that the bill was passed.
He said, "Dear Colleagues, I congratulate all of us on the passage of this very important Bill. Today, the House has fulfilled the commitment of our dear State to the agreement reached at the south-south governors’ meeting held here in our state capital. By virtue of this bill, this house has demonstrated its resolve to protect the people of the state from the menace of clashes between herders and farmers.
“I must therefore, commend all the sponsors of this bill, for recognizing that the security of lives and properties of Deltans as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered) are sacrosanct."
The Speaker, however, explained that "the passage of this bill, well-meaning persons who seek to carry on the business of breeding, rearing and marketing of livestock shall do so within the boundaries of the law.
Also, farmers can now go about their businesses without fear of anyone grazing on their crops. This for sure will boost food production in the State.
“Dear colleagues, this Bill is a right step in the right direction as our women can now go to their farmlands without fear of molestation. The Bill when eventually signed into law will prohibit the carrying of firearms, either licenced or otherwise, by residents or individuals in the state just as it seeks to address the arbitrary rearing and movements of livestock in the state.”