Rivers Assembly okays bill banning open rearing, grazing

Rivers State House of Assembly has received correspondence from Governor Nyesom Wike to enact law banning open rearing and grazing of livestock in the state.

Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, at plenary yesterday,  read the letter titled: “Enactment of Rivers State Public Prohibition of Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestock and Ranchings Administration Bill 2021.”

Governor Wike, in the letter, said the reason for the enactment of the bill followed a unanimous decision taken by Southern Governors’ Forum recently to ban open grazing in the South.

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The governor further said  that southern  governors had realised the need for various states’ Houses of Assembly to enact relevant laws to back up the prohibition on or before September 1.

“Pursuant to this provision, a number of Southern States have already passed the necessary framework laws against open rearing and grazing of livestock in their states.

“Against this backdrop, it is my pleasure to forward Rivers State Public Prohibition of Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestock and Ranchings Administration Bill  2021, for consideration and enactment into law by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

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“The bill seeks to outlaw the open rearing and grazing of livestock including cattles, throughout Rivers State and provides for the establishment and effective administration of ranchings in the state and local government areas.”

Governor Wike further said that the bill when passed would resolve the perennial conflict being witnessed on destruction of crops  attributed to open rearing and grazing of livestock by herders, being practised across the country.

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  1. This is a cheering news in Jesus name.Amen.
    Open the market for would be investors to key into modern ranching system irrespectiv of ethnic affiliations.
    Cattle rearing is not the exclusive trade of a particular tribe.
    It’s a multi million dollars business which any interested investors should invest.
    Considering its security and economy value chain Ranching is the way to go.

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