Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has endorsed the Bill to Prohibit Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestock and Provide for the Establishment of Ranches in the state into law.
The Guardian reports that the Bill was presented yesterday for signing at the Governor’s Office in Uyo by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Aniekan Bassey, and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uko Udom (SAN).
Also, the governor emphasized that the new law was no respecter of persons irrespective of status.
Therefore, he instructed the relevant government authorities to secure that the law was implemented and enforced to the letter with strict compliance, emphasizing that culprits would be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
Furthermore, Nexus News gathered that the law is intended for facilitating modern techniques in animal husbandry, curb the wreckage of farms by nomads and their cattle, as well as curtail massacres and herder-farmer clashes in the state.
Similarly, it will improve international best practices in livestock administration, regulation, and control in the state, among other things.
After passing the Bill into Law, which took effect from Tuesday, September 14, Bassey directed the Clerk of the House, Mandu Umoren, to communicate the lawmakers’ decision to the governor.