Anti open grazing bill being fine tuned in Edo House of Assembly

By Isaac Olamikan

The bill for a law to prohibit open grazing of cattle and other livestock in Edo State and for other connected purposes has scaled through second reading at the Edo State House of Assembly.

Majority leader Henry Okhuarobo who led the debate on the anti-open grazing bill said the bill when passed will ensure effective regulation of livestock and address the lingering issue of farmers and herders crisis across the state.

Member, representing Esan South East, Sunday Ojiezele, who also supported the bill urged security agencies in the state to step up their game especially in protecting farmers in rural communities.

The Speaker, Honorable Marcus Onobun, described the bill as timely assuring that when passed it will ensure peace and development in the state.

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He directed the Clerk to pass clean copies of the bill to the Committee on food security to interface with the civil society and other stakeholders with a view to fine tuning it and report back to the House in two weeks.

The Speaker, Marcus Onobun, during plenary, announced adjustment in the different standing Committees of the House to accommodate the newly created ministries by the state government.

The Clerk was directed to reflect the new changes and avail the house with clean copies of the resolution.

The House, during plenary, also received a letter from the State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, requesting the confirmation of members of the State Sports Commission Board.

The board has Yusuf Alli as Chairman, Frank Ilaboya, Executive Director Edo North, Anehita Emeya, Executive Director, Edo Central and Barrister Osayaba Osarenren as Executive Director, Edo South. Others are Dr Emmanuel Igbinosa Executive Director, Professional, Asue Ighodalo member representing private sector and Uyi Akpata representing the Chairman.

The Speaker, Marcus Onobun, directed the House Committee on Rules and Business to interface with the nominees and report back to the house soon.

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