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BREAKING: Enugu Assembly passes anti-open grazing bill

The Enugu State House of Assembly on Thursday, passed the bill for a law to prohibit open grazing, regulate cattle ranching and for connected purposes into law.

Earlier on Tuesday, the House had conducted a Public Hearing on the bill, the bill was applauded by the stakeholders in attendance after which they demanded the bill be passed into law immediately.

Reacting to the passage of the bill into law, the leadership of the Northern Community in Enugu State urged the House to give them 30 days to articulate their position on the bill and submit it to the House. and also pledged to support any law that will bring peace and security to the state.

Meanwhile, the South-East zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, who submitted to the Northern Community in Enugu, had said “I plead for a period of one month to enable us to come out with a position that will truly carry our disposition with due consideration to the good of Enugu State and Nigeria.”

While passing the bill into law during the Thursday plenary, the speaker, Rt Hon. Edward Ubosi, stated that the purpose of the bill is to maintain peace and security in Enugu state and not targetted at any group or individuals.  

He commended the members for working tirelessly to ensure that the Bill was passed today.

“This bill is for the unity, security and peaceful coexistence among residents of Enugu State. It is not targeted on any group or individual,” he said.

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