The Delta State House of Assembly has, on Tuesday, passed a bill prohibiting open grazing across the state.
The bill was passed following a motion by the Majority Leader of the House, Ferguson Onwo and adopted by the lawmakers during the resumed plenary presided over by the Speaker, Sherrif Oborevwori.
It also prohibits indiscriminate breeding, rearing and marketing of livestock in Delta State, as well as carrying of firearms, either licensed or otherwise, by residents or individuals in the State.
Expressed satisfaction over the bill, the Speaker said that Deltans and other residents of the State would be relaxed that the bill has been 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.”
Oborevwori noted further 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.
“Once again, I thank you all for your untiring support as always and for your resolute commitment in the passage of people oriented Bills such as this,” he added.
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