Okowa Signs Delta Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law

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Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has signed the bill prohibiting open grazing across the state, into law.

The governor assented to the bill on Thursday at the Government House in Asaba, a week after members of the Delta State House of Assembly passed the bill Prohibiting Open Grazing, Indiscriminate Breeding, Rearing, and Marketing of Livestock in Delta State.

Delta state joins four other states, including Rivers, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos to enact the law.

The prohibition of open grazing by these states is in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors Forum, as part of measures to tackle the conflicts between herders and farmers.

During a meeting of the governors held on September 16 in Enugu, member-states were reminded about the need to enact or amend the anti-open grazing law to align with the uniform template and aspiration of the forum.

They had commended the rate at which the states in the South were enacting the law and encouraged those yet to enact it to do so expeditiously.

But the position of the governors was faulted by some Nigerians, including the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who said it was unconstitutional.




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