Tayo AFOLABI

The bill that will regulate animal grazing and the establishment of cattle ranches in designated grazing areas has been passed on Thursday by  Ogun House of Assembly passed.

Mr Ganiyu Oyedeji (Ifo 11), the sponsor of the bill, presented the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry during plenary in Abeokuta.

Oyedeji moved the motion for the adoption of the report, seconded by Sola Adams (Ijebu East) and supported by the whole House.

A section of the bill prescribed a three-year jail term without an option of fine including the forfeiture of the herds of cattle or livestock under his/her control to the state government except within the permitted ranches.

Mr Yusuf Sherif (Ado Odo Ota 1), the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the third reading of the bill, seconded by Wahab Haruna (Yewa North 11).

Mr Deji Adeyemo, the Clerk of the House, thereafter, read the bill for the third time.

Mr Olakunle Oluomo (Ifo 1), the Speaker, ordered that the clean copy of the bill be forwarded to Gov. Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

Also during the plenary, the speaker announced Mrs Funmilayo Adeyemi as the substantive Deputy Clerk of the House.

Adeyemi, a lawyer, until her elevation was the Director of Legal Services/Director of Table at the Assembly.

Recall that only recently, the southern Governors at their meeting in Lagos, set a timeline of Wednesday, 1st September 2021 for the promulgation of the anti-open grazing law in all Member States.

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