Sunday, October 17, 2021

Anambra Assembly passes Anti-Open Grazing Bill

Anambra State House of Assembly has passed the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

The Bill titled: “Anambra State Open Grazing of Cattle and other Livestock Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 20213 , was passed yesterday after third reading at the plenary.

The lawmakers, at the Committee of the Whole House, took turns to scrutinise the 39-clause executive bill before its passage.

Speaker Uche Okafor conducted a voice vote on each of the clauses of the bill before its passage by the assembly.

He said the passage of the bill followed the consideration of the report of the public hearing, presented by the Chairman of House Committee on Agriculture, Mr. John Nwokoye (APGA-Awka North).

Subsequently, the speaker directed the Clerk, Mr. Pius Udo, to transmit a clean copy of the bill to Governor Willie Obiano, for assent.

The Bill, when eventually signed into law, will prevent the destruction of crop farms, community ponds, settlements and properties as well as optimise the use of land resources in the face of overstretched land and increasing population.

The assembly also considered and approved the report on the 2022 -2024 multi-year budget framework presented by the House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Mr. Obinna Emeneka (APGA-Anambra East).

 

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