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Just In: Oyetola Approves Anti-Open Grazing Bill

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Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Oyo State has assented to the bill against open grazing.
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Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Oyo State has assented to the bill against open grazing.

The bill, titled, Bill to Regulate Animal Grazing and Establishments of Cattle Ranches and Other Related Matters, was passed by the House of Assembly on August 12, 2021 and transmitted to the Governor for assent.

Mr. Ismail Omipidan, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor spoke with journalists on Wednesday, he said the governor has assented the bill to become law.

In his words, “Yes, the Governor has assented to the bill, it has become a law.

” graze herd or rear cattle or livestock outside permitted ranches after the commencement of this bill shall be guilty of an offence.

“A minor is prohibited from grazing, rearing or herding of livestock except under the supervision of an adult.

“A minor who contravenes the provision of Section 3 (4) committed an offence, and the guardian or parent of the minor or owner of the livestock as the case may be, shall be vicariously liable on conviction to a fine of N300,000.00 only.

“Permits shall only be issued to a Nigerian who is authorized to conduct business under the Bill of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Preference shall be given in issuance of ranching permits to those within or near a district who are landowners interested in livestock business.

“Any herdsman or pastoralist who attacks or threatens to attack any farmer, person or commuter whether or not injury is occasioned by the attack shall be guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than one year without an option of fine”.

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