Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has assented to the bill prohibiting open grazing, indiscriminate breeding, rearing, and marketing of livestock in the state.
The Delta State House of Assembly, had during plenary last week, passed the anti-open grazing bill and transmitted it to the governor for assent.
While presenting the report on the bill on the floor of the House before its adoption by the House, Chairman of the House Committee on Special Bills, Pat Ajudua had disclosed that stakeholders’ input formed part of the proposed law.
House Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori, had said Deltans and other residents of the state would be happy with the passage of the bill.
He stated that with the passage of the bill, well-meaning persons who seek to carry on the business of breeding, rearing, and marketing of livestock shall do so within the boundaries of the law. Also, farmers can now go about their businesses without fear of anyone grazing on their crops. This for sure will boost food production in the state.
“Dear colleagues, this Bill is a right step in the right direction as our women can now go to their farmlands without fear of molestation. Once again, I thank you all for your untiring support as always and your resolute commitment in the passage of people-oriented bills such as this.”
Signing the bill into law on Thursday in his office at the Government House, Asaba, the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, flanked by the House of Assembly Speaker, Oborevwori and Clerk of the House, Lyna Ochulor, thanked and commended the lawmakers for a thorough job.