As part of an effort to prevent a face-off between farmers and herders across Lagos, the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has signed a bill prohibiting open cattle grazing and trespass of cattle on land into law in the state.
With the signing, it is now criminal across Lagos for cattle rearers to graze their livestock on unapproved public and private land with the intention of open grazing.
In the bill signed into law by the state governor, it was also stated that the act of moving cattle around public places by herders had been outlawed.
Although the farmer-herder crisis is not pronounced in Lagos as witnessed in some States, resulting from alleged open grazing, the law against open grazing law was expected to prevent the spillover of the menace into the State.
Sanwo-Olu, who assented to the bill during the State’s Executive Council meeting in Alausa, Ikeja, directed the security agencies to swing immediately into action and enforce provisions of the law.
He said: “By the powers vested in me as the Governor of Lagos State, I am signing the bill on Open Cattle Grazing and Trespass of Cattle on Land into law to prohibit issues associated with open grazing of livestock.”
This bill was signed into law barely 11 days after the over 30 lawmakers on the floor of State House of Assembly unanimously passed the bill and transmitted it to the Executive arm of government for authorisation.
The signing of the anti-open grazing law by the Governor followed the decision of the Southern Governors’ Forum last August, setting the September deadline to pass the law across the member states.