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Anti-open grazing bill scales first reading before Lagos Assembly

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Lagos Anti-Open Grazing bill 2021 presented by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has passed through the first stage on the floor of the State House of Assembly during plenary.

During the plenary chaired by the Speaker, Mudasiru Obasa, the bill was said to have been read for the first time to the hearing of lawmakers for consideration and deliberations.

After the reading, the lawmakers passed it to the next stage before two of the assembly members moved a motion that the House embarks on its annual recess.

A top aide in the house, during an exclusive interview with The Guild, on Tuesday, told our correspondent that the bill has proceeded to the second stage and that plans were on to ensure that the bill is passed before the end of next month.

He added that the bill was currently receiving the desired attention, adding I could see some of the legislative aides currently making frantic efforts to flesh up the bill presented by the governor earlier in the month.

According to him, the plan of the house was to ensure that on arrival from recess, the entire process would be completed and passed into law, adding all that will be left is for the governor, Sanwo-Olu, to sign it into law.

Also speaking on the bill, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, in an interview with newsmen, disclosed that the bill had been presented to the House for immediate consideration.

Omotoso said that the document presented by the executive arm of the state government was designed to prevent any possible face-off between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

He added that all that was left on the part of the executive was to receive the anti-open grazing bill passed into law, saying I can assure that after its passage the governor will sign it into law.

The Commissioner’s assurance came hours after the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, signed into law the Anti-Grazing Bill passed by the State House of Assembly in line with his administration’s commitment to regulate grazing across Ondo.

He explained that the move was in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum at its last meeting in Lagos where September 1st was set as the deadline for governors across Southern Nigeria to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.

The governor noted that the bill was aimed at stemming needless instances of skirmishes, conflicts as well as infractions on the enviably peaceful disposition of Ondo people.

He added that the bill also sought to engender lasting peace among different ethnic groups residing in the state and foster mutual understanding and good neighborliness.

“It is very pertinent to aver and indeed, reiterate that the Law shall rather, engender a more cordial, mutually benefiting relationship amongst residents of the State irrespective of ethnicity, religion, or creed. For emphasis, no particular group of persons is the target.

“While it is the hope of Government that all residents would take ample advantage of this Law to enhance our socio-economic well being in Ondo State, compliance of same shall be given the utmost attention. Government shall pursue with vigour, through lawful means, to ensure strict compliance.

“In this regard, details of the new Law shall be made available to the public for proper information, more depth of understanding on contents as well as other relevant areas,” he said.

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