Oyo Assembly Receives Memoranda on Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill 2019

Oyo State House of Assembly has received memoranda from different groups, tribes and government ministries to make their positions known on a bill seeking for a law prohibiting open rearing and grazing of livestock and provide for the regulation of activities of herdsmen. 

At the 1st public hearing organized by the 9th Assembly, representative from the Ministry of Justice, Barrister Sunday Thomas identified the need to include penalty for violators of the law and suggested that environmental impact assessment should be done before lands are allocated for ranches’. 

Speaking on behalf of the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Jacob Ojekunle, Acting permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Peter Adegunwa suggested an upward review of the one year renewal of ranching permit to herders.  

The Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor on Security Matters, Mr Fatai Owoseni who said the State Police Command was holding different interactions with key stakeholders on alternative conflict resolution, called on people to support the Oyo State House of Assembly and see to the workability of the bill.

Reacting, the Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture, Mr Peter Ojedokun said with the large turnout of stakeholders at the public hearing and their contributions, the Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill 2019 would contribute to developmental growth of Oyo State. 

Earlier, in an address of welcome, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Adebo Ogundoyin said that the Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill 2019 was not being targeted at any group or set of people but rather to promote peace among residents and different tribes in the state.

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