Ekiti Assembly Conducts Public Hearing on Bill to Restrict Cattle Grazing

The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Wednesday, moved a step closer to criminalising cattle grazing in the state.
This is as the House conducted a public hearing on a bill seeking restrictions on cattle rearing in the state.
Governor Ayodele Fayose had placed restrictions on movement of cattles in the state following the May 20 this year night attack on Oke Ako, a town in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, by criminals suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
Stakeholders, who participated in the public hearing on the bill tagged, ‘Prohibition of Cattle Grazing Bill, 2016’ were security agencies, traditional rulers, officials of the Ministries of Justice and Environment, Fulani herdsmen and other stakeholders.
The Deputy Speaker, Segun Adewumi, who presided over the hearing, said it was organised to seek opinions of critical stakeholders on the matter.
Adewumi said that the bill when passed into law would protect the lives and property of Ekiti residents.
“This forum is for us to aggregate the opinions of stakeholders to address sensitive areas of the bill. The major assignment before this gathering is to critically examine the bill from all sides and angles for possible amendments.
“Our hope is that the public hearing will help the quality of the bill and enhance its quick passage into law.”

Author: News Editor

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