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Ondo Gov. signs anti-open grazing bill into law

By Idowu Abdullahi

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has signed into law the Anti-Grazing Bill passed by the State House of Assembly in line with his administration’s commitment to regulate grazing and prevent herders-farmers conflicts 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.

Speaking after signing the bill into law on Tuesday, 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 an 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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