Ekiti Assembly passes bill to ban free grazing

The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the bill to ban free grazing in the state.

The bill also prescribed six months imprisonment without an option of fine for any offender.

It also banned the movement of cattle after 6pm in the state.

The bill was passed after the House received a report of Joint Committees on Agriculture and Environment by its Chairman, Mr Ayodele Fajemilehin.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Kola Oluwawole, who presided over the plenary, said the bill would help stem the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

If the bill is eventually assented to by the governor, it will now become a crime for any cattle, sheep and goat to graze on undesignated land for ranches in Ekiti.

According to the new bill tagged,” Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016″, anyone found violating the bill upon conviction shall be sentenced to six months in prison without the option of fine.

Others included, “The Governor shall by an order designates land in each of 16 Local Government Areas in the state in respect of which Cattle or Ruminants may be permitted to graze.

The rest are,”No person shall cause or permit any cow, oxen, sheep as well as goat under his or her control to graze on any land in which the Governor has not designated as ranches” among others.

“No cattle or other ruminants shall by any means move in the night, movement shall be between 7am and 6pm.”

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