Ekiti Assembly okays jail term for errant herdsmen

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Speaker Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Kola
Oluwawole

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti

THE Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday
unanimously passed a bill to regulate public
grazing in the state.

The bill titled, “Prohibition of cattle and other
ruminants grazing in Ekiti, 2016,” was passed after
the Chairman, Joint Committee on Agriculture and
Environment, Mr. Ayodele Fajemilehin, submitted
the report of the committee on the floor of the
House.
According to the bill, anyone found violating the
bill shall be sentenced to six months in prison
without an option of fine.

It says, “The Governor shall by an order designate
land in each of the 16 Local Government Areas in
the state in respect of which cattle or ruminants
may be permitted to graze.
“No person shall cause or permit cows, oxen,
sheep as well as goats under his or her control to
graze on any land in which the Governor has not
designated as ranches.”
“If the bill is eventually accented to by the
governor, it will become a crime for cattle, sheep
and goats to graze on undesignated lands in Ekiti.
“No cattle or other ruminants shall by any means
move in the night, movement shall be between
7am and 6pm.”
The Speaker of the House, Mr. Kola Oluwawole,
who presided over the plenary, on Thursday, said
the bill would reduce the incessant clashes
between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
He said, “It will promote a kind of cordial
relationship between the cattle rearers and the
people of the state, particularly the farmers. It will
also put paid to Fulani herdsmen carrying arms
and ammunition in the state and stop the
development that has prevented our people from
sleeping with their two eyes closed.”

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