Gov. Abiodun Approves Anti-open Grazing Bill Into Law

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Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State approved the anti-open grazing bill into law, yesterday.

Abiodun endorsed the bill during a security council meeting in the State Secretariat at Oke-Mosan.

Gov. Abiodun

Abeokuta encouraged the security agencies to swing instantly into action and execute the law.

The signing of the anti-open grazing law comes after the decision of the Southern Governors’ Forum in August, imposing the September deadline to pass the law across the states.

The Ogun State House of Assembly had on July 8, 2021, passed the bill.

Subsequently, the Speaker of the House, Olakunle Oluomo, had transmitted a clean copy to Abiodun for assent.

According to the governor: “This is a subject matter that has been discussed along the length and breadth of the country and which we southern governors have discussed and endorsed.”

Abiodun said, cattle rearers have a six-month period of grace before it will become unlawful in Ogun State for them to occupy unapproved public areas and private land with their livestock for grazing.

Furthermore, he remarked that the law was also to ban the act of moving cattle around public places by herders.

However, the governor said a committee led by the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, had been established to supervise the implementation and enforcement of the new law.

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