Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Cross River Grazing bill passes second reading

| 9 May 2018 | Ukorebi Esien 

The Bill seeking for the Prohibition of Open Grazing of Livestock and provision of Grazing reserves had last week passed through the second reading on the floor of the Cross River State House of Assembly. 

Presenting the bill, Hon. Regina Anyogo representing Yala in the House of Assembly who is also the sponsor of the bill said that the significance of the bill subsist on the fact that it seeks to ensure the safety and security of lives and property while preventing clashes between herdsmen and crop farmers.

After several debates on the bill from cosponsors and other house members, the bill passed to the committee stage where it is expected to hold a public hearing on the bill. The speaker mandated the committee to ensure that the public hearing is held in any of the communities within the state where cattle and livestock rearing is part of their means of livelihood. 

Speaking in an interview shortly after seating, the Speaker of the 8th Assembly Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo observed that the history of the state shows restricted grazing system. He said there is no law in the state encouraging open grazing system. According to him, 'We are not banning open grazing because it doesn't exist, we are only encouraging what exists which is ranch farm and restricted family holding. The law we are providing for is moving for administration of livestock...

'Now, what we don't want to encourage is a system where anybody will come because of our green vegetation, just move his cattle into any area and then eat up people's crops. So, we want to provide what is already in existence with a law'. 

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