Two more states in the South- Ogun and Delta have made open grazing of cattle an offence in their territories. Rivers, Bayelsa, Oyo, Ekiti, Abia, Lagos and Enugu have also signed the bill into law.
Governors Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State are the latest to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill and the Ranching Bill into law.
While signing the bill in his office in Abeokuta, the state capital on Thursday, the Abiodun said the move became imperative in order to protect all critical stakeholders and their businesses in the state.
According to him, an implementation committee to be headed by the state Commissioner for Agriculture with the membership of other critical stakeholders would fashion out the modalities for the full and smooth take-off for the implementation of the law within six months.
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Taiwo Oluomo and other members of the House were present to witness the signing.
Governor Okowa assented to the bill on Thursday at the Government House in Asaba, the state capital.
This comes a week after members of the Delta State House of Assembly passed the Prohibiting Open Grazing, Indiscriminate Breeding, Rearing, and Marketing of Livestock in Delta State.
Lawmakers in the state had passed the bill following the adoption of a motion by the Majority Leader of the House, Ferguson Onwo.
“Through the passage of this bill, the State House of Assembly has demonstrated its resolve to protect Deltans (residents) from the menace of clashes between herders and farmers,” said Speaker Sherrif Oborevwori who presided over the plenary during which the bill was passed.
“I commend all the sponsors of this bill for recognising that the security of lives and properties of Deltans, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered), remains sacrosanct.”
Southern governors in Nigeria had reached a resolution on July 5, 2021, that member states would enact the law against open grazing of cattle in their states on or before September 1.