Rivers Assembly passes anti-open grazing bill

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THE Rivers State House of Assembly has passed into law the bill prohibiting open rearing and grazing of livestock in the state.

The bill, titled ‘Rivers State Prohibition of Open Rearing and Grazing Bill, 2021’, was passed yesterday.

This followed a committee report presented by the House Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Ansalem Ogwugwo during plenary.

Majority Leader of the House, Martin Amaewhule, who led the debate, said the bill would address the issues of encroachment of farm produce and unlawful killings of farmers in any part of the state.

Most of the lawmakers during debate supported the bill after extensive arguments on the bill.

Speaker of the House, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, in his submission, said the law will address challenges emanating from open rearing and grazing of livestock in Rivers.

Similarly, the State House of Assembly has also enacted the “Rivers State Residents Registration Agency Bill, 2021.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ibani, in his resolution after the Committee of the Whole, said the bill came to cure some anomalies and also ensure the government did not face further expenses in the dwindling economy, adding that the content of the bill would enable the state to enhance effective service delivery.