A bill banning open grazing has been passed by the Ogun State House of Assembly. The bill, which was passed on Thursday, puts offenders at risk of three years in prison.
Governors from the southern states have set September as deadline for open grazing, a move that has caused controversy.
The Ogun assembly passed the Animal Grazing Regulation and Cattle Ranch Establishment Bill 2020 a few days after the Southern governors meeting.
Legislators said this would end the ongoing conflict between herders and farmers.
This bill is titled, “HB No. 045/OG/2021- A Law to Regulate Animal Grazing, Establish Cattles Ranches in Designated Grazing Areas of Ogun State and for other Matters incidental and connected thereto.”
At a plenary presided over by Speaker Olakunle Oluomo, the Sponsor, Ganiyu Oyedeji, presented the report of the House Committee on Agriculture, which paved the way for the bill’s third reading and final passage.
Afterward, Oyedeji moved for the adoption of the report, which was seconded by Hon. In a voice vote, other lawmakers supported Olusola Adams.
Later, the legal framework was read and adopted clause-by-clause.
Afterwards, the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff, moved the motion for the third reading as it was seconded by Hon. Wahab Haruna.
Deji Adeyemo, Clerk of the House and Head of Legislative Services, led the third reading of the bill.
One section of the bill prescribed a jail sentence of at least three years without the possibility of fine “including forfeiture of the cattle and livestock under the owner’s control to the state government for anyone who rears, herds, or grazes livestock in any part of the State except on permitted ranches or anyone who rears cattle or livestock outside of permitted ranches after the law takes effect.”
Following this, Oluomo directed the Clerk to prepare a clean copy of the bill for Governor Dapo Abiodun’s approval.