Posted on Sat 11 Nov 2017, 05:09 AM

Folowing the successful passage of the Anti-open grazing law in Ekiti and Benue state, more states are set to to introduce laws to curb clashes between herdsmen and farmers. 

States likeOyo, Ondo, Ogun, Ebonyi, Abia and Imo are said to be at different stages of passing the law. Ogun state is said to be at the second reading stage.

The law, which has already taken effect in Benue state led to the mass movement of Fulani Herdsmen out of the state is set to be replicated across the country and according to the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Oludare Kadiri, "The bill will soon get to the committee stage"

Speaking with news correspondents, Oludare stated that "There is a bill before the house, which has passed the second reading. It is on animal raring and grazing. When we resume from the oversight function tour, the bill will move to the committee stage.

"When it is finally ready, it will spell out the modalities for animal rearing and grazing. It will spell out where to go and where not to go. So, let us wait till the bill is finally passed into law."

Also speking on the process of passing a similar law, the Oyo state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun said thaat although there were committees set up to resolve disputes between farmers and herdsmen, an executive bill would soon be sent to the state House pf Assembly to regulate the activities of herdsmen.

"The issue of herdsmen attacks on farmers and communities is a national issue. We have pockets of such problem in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State.

"I can confirm to you that there is an executive bill that will soon be transmitted to the state House of Assembly. This will address the frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

Other states ready to pass the law include Ondo state, Ebonyi state and Abia states among others.

 

By Joseph Odeh

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