The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has given a nod to a bill seeking ban to open grazing in the all lands and territory of Bayelsa State.
The bill which has passed first and second reading on the floor of the house, on February 24, gone for public hearing on Monday (yesterday), will be passed on Tuesday, and forwarded to the governor of the Bayelsa State, Diri Douye, for assent latest on Wednesday, according to the Mr Tonye Isenah, Chairman of the State House of Assembly Joint Committee, on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Trade, Industry and Investment, Environment, and Security.
The bill titled, ” Livestock Breeding and Marketing Regulation Bill, 2021″, seeks to ban all form of open grazing in Bayelsa State, and punishment for offenders including jail terms for convicted offenders.
Speaking on the bill, the sponsor, Rt. Hon. Monday-Bubou Obolo, honorable member representing Southern Ijaw Constituency II, and Leader of the House, said when passed into law the bill will “prevent herders-farmers clashes and also prohibit movement of livestock on foot and possession of firearms, but will allow the using of trucks to convey livestock.”
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The Formal speaker said, while there is freedom of movement in the constitution, it does not include livestock, stating that livestock rearing is business, that should not disturb peace and security of the state.
He said as government, it is their primary responsibility to protect and provide security for the people of Bayelsa State.
“Government has the responsibility to secure lives and property. Therefore, the government has a duty to regulate livestock breeding and marketing in the state.
“Though the Constitution provides for freedom of movement, it does not include livestock.
“Livestock is not human. The bill ensures registration for permit with the committee, which is empowered to impound roaming livestock and impose fees and other measures,”The formal Speaker said.
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