Ogun passes anti-open grazing bill into law
The anti-open grazing bill has been signed into law on Thursday in Ogun State.
State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, assented to the bill which was passed State House of Assembly had on July 8, 2021, after a Security Council meeting Oke-Mosan Governor’s Office, Abeokuta.
The PUNCH reports that the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Samson Odedina, was made the chairman of the implementation and enforcement committee of the new law which prohibits the act of moving cattle around public places by herders.
A statement by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kunle Somorin read that the signing of the anti-open grazing law by the Governor followed the decision of the Southern Governors’ Forum last August, setting the September deadline to pass the law across the Member States.
According to the Nation, the law prescribes three-year imprisonment without the option of fine, including the forfeiture of the herds of cattle or livestock under his/her control to the State Government for anyone who rear, herd or graze any livestock in any part of the State except within the permitted ranches or anyone who rears cattle or livestock outside the permitted ranches after the commencement of the law.