Edo State Assembly Bows To Pressure, Stops Grazing Bill

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Edo State Assembly Bows To Pressure, Stops Grazing Bill

The Edo State House of Assembly has finally succumbed to pressure from the public to stop the bill seeking to establish agency for nomadic cattle rearing and grazing in the state.

The decision to halt the bill came after the House of Assembly conducted a two-day public hearing on the bill, which received condemnation from several groups, including the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

The executive arm of government, religious bodies, civil society, non-government organisations and other professional groups also totally opposed the bill which had passed through second reading.

As a result of this, the House formally discontinued with the bill on Wednesday after considering the findings and recommendations of the report on the bill at a committee of the whole presided over by the Speaker, Justin Okonoboh.

Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Henry Okhuareobo, said 54 oral and written petitions against the bill were received which came up with 12 findings and one recommendation.

Among its findings, the committee said ranches should be the exclusive right of the indigenous people, that land should only be acquired by the state government only on public interest, adding that larger percent of Edo people rejected the bill.

It, therefore, recommended that further consideration of the bill should be discontinued.

It should be noted that the state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, had also distanced himself from the bill, through the Solicitor General of the state, Mr. Wole Iyamu.



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