Governor Abiodun Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has signed into law the Bill to Regulate Animal Grazing and Establishment of Cattle Ranching in the state.

Governor Abiodun, who assented to the bill during a Security Council meeting at the governor’s office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, said the action was in conformity with the decision of the Southern Governors’ Forum that outlawed an open grazing across the region.

The governor pointed out that cattle rearers have a six-month grace period before it becomes illegal for them to occupy unapproved public areas and private land with their livestocks for grazing.

Governor Abiodun explained that within the six months, the herders have the opportunity to register with the state government for the establishment of the private ranches for the rearing of their cattle.

He gave an assurance that his administration would continue to promulgate laws that would protect the businesses of various tribes living and working in the state.

Governor Abiodun also said his administration would soon set up an implementation Committee to be headed by the Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina and other members of the State Executive Council towards ensuring that the law was strictly adhered to.

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