Anti-open grazing law’ll stop herders, farmers clashes – Speaker

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Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

THE Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, says plans are underway to legislate on animal husbandry and related activities through the enactment of an all-inclusive law on anti-open grazing in the state.

The speaker said the law was to put in place measures towards stemming the incessant herders/farmers clashes in the state.

Oluomo said this during a parley with executive members of the State Coalition of Civil Societies led by its Chairman, Yinka Folarin, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

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The speaker recalled that stakeholders, including some northern leaders, had openly condemned the uncontrolled wandering of cattle, which had resulted in series of attacks and other criminal activities associated with herdsmen/farmers’ clashes across the state, especially in the Yewa axis.

Oluomo outlined the efforts of the 9th Assembly towards addressing insecurity in the state to include speedy passage of the State Security Network code-named Operation Amotekun, as well as the State Security Trust Funds and other advisory resolutions to the executive arm.

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He said, “The Assembly will continue to partner civil societies and professional bodies amongst others to further harness their views and submissions to curb the menace of insecurity in the State.

“We are already liaising with the executive arm to secure their commitment for the speedy assent to the bills within a reasonable time.”

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