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Bayelsa assembly passes bill against open grazing

Bayelsa State House of Assembly has passed a bill seeking to regulate the breeding, rearing, grazing and marketing of livestock in the state.

Hon. Monday Obolo who is the leader of the house said the bill became neccessary due to the unpleasant security experiences in the state.

He added that it will necessitate the creation of a regulatory committee saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring that all aspects of the law are put in proper perspectives.

Obolo said;

“It is indispensable to pass an appropriate law for the safety and security of all Bayelsans and other Nigerians living in the state.”

He stressed that all livestock presently in the state and others that may wish to come into the state must be duly registered with the appropriate authorities, and licenses given must be approved by the governor.

Obolo further stated that any herder who defaults will be liable for two or three years imprisonment.

After Hon Bernard Kenibai, Salo Adikumo and Emmanuel Isenah spoke in support of the bill which has already scaled the second reading, it was committed to the House committees on agriculture and natural resources, security and other relevant committees for scrutiny.

They are to report back to the House in seven days before the final passage.

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