September 15, (NaijaOnPoint Media) – The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has passed a law prohibiting open rearing and grazing of livestock and providing for the establishment of ranches in the state.
The bill entitled, “A Bill for a Law to prohibit Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestock and Provide for the Establishment of Ranches and Livestock Administration, Regulation and Control, and for other Matters Connected Therewith” was passed after it was read the third time on the floor of the House during the plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Aniekan Bassey.
The chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, and member representing Ikono State Constituency, Asuquo Udo, presented the report of the Joint House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lands and Housing to the House.
Hon. Udo stated that the passage of the bill would promote modern techniques of animal husbandry, prevent the destruction of farms, while also reducing clashes and killings between herders and farmers in the state.
The lawmakers adopted the recommendations of the Joint House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lands and Housing.
Leader of the House and member representing Oruk Anam state consituency, Udo Akpan, moved a motion for the anti-open grazing bill to be read and passed, seconded by the member representing Nsit Ubium state consituency, Otobong Bob.
The Speaker, Aniekan Bassey, thereafter, directed the Clerk of the House, Mrs. Mandu Umoren, to transmit same to the governor for assent.