Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has signed the Anti-Grazing Bill passed by the State House of Assembly into law.
Akeredolu signed the bill into law at his office in Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday.
The Southern Governors’ Forum had at its last meeting set September first as the deadline for Governors in the region to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.
In a statement released after the signing, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said the move is aimed at ‘stemming needless instances of skirmishes, conflicts as well as infractions on the enviably peaceful disposition of the good people of Ondo State.’
“It is very pertinent to aver and indeed, reiterate that the law shall rather, engender a more cordial, mutually benefiting relationship amongst residents of the State irrespective of ethnicity, religion or creed. For emphasis, no particular group of persons is the target,” the statement read.
“While it is the hope of the government that all residents would take an ample advantage of this Law to enhance our socio-economic well being in Ondo State, compliance of the same shall be given the utmost attention.
“Government shall pursue with vigour, through lawful means, to ensure strict compliance. In this regard, details of the new Law shall be made available to the public for proper information, more depth of understanding on contents as well as other relevant areas,” it added.
In May, the governors of the southern region, in a meeting in Asaba, Delta state capital, resolved to ban open grazing and the movement of cattle by foot.