Edo Assembly passes Anti open grazing bill, backs governor, Communities

Edo Assembly passes Anti open grazing bill, backs governor, Communities


The Edo House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the bill for a law to prohibit open grazing of Cattle and regulate other livestock in the State.

The motion to dissolve the house into Committee of the whole was moved by the deputy speaker Roland Asoro and seconded by the the member representing (PDP Esan North East 1), Francis Okiye before the bill was passed.

Considering the bill clause by clause at the Committee of the whole, the lawmakers passed relevant sections of the bill with amendments to sections 5(7) and 5(8).

The amendment to the controversial section 5 (7) now says that a ranch Committee to be constituted by the State Governor shall determine the size of the land suitable for ranching in conjunction with the Community where the ranch is proposed.

Section 5 (8) was also amended to read that the Committee shall control the activities of Cattle herdsmen within various Communities.

Section 8, however, prohibits open grazing in the State, according to the bill while Section 9(1) empowers the State governor to designate a land for ranching in the State.

In addition, Section 9(2)in the bill stated that an owner of a land shall apply to the Committee in writing of his intention to operate a ranch with his land.

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The speaker Marcus Onobun, thereafter directed the Clerk, Yahaya Omogbai to give the bill its third reading and forward clean copies of the bill to the State Governor for his assent.

Earlier, the house said it has received copies of the Constitution alteration bills (fifth alteration bill), 2022 for the consideration.

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