The Deputy Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Abiodun Mohammed Fadeyi has again cleared the air that the Anti open rearing and open grazing Bill currently at the second reading in the state Assembly is not to witch haunt anyone in the state but simply for the development and growth of the agricultural sector of the state.
Fadeyi said “The Bill is simply for the development and growth of the agricultural sector of the state in terms of animal husbandry and what have you. So, if anybody is saying that the Bill is anti-tribe or anti-fulani that person is miss informed, he needs to check himself.”
Africa News24 (an24) understands the bill allows movement of cattle only by rail wagon, truck or pick-ups, while any person found moving livestock on foot is liable to one year imprisonment or a fine of N10, 000 or both, if found guilty.
The penalty for any herdsman who fails to register is two years, imprisonment or a fine of N100,000 or both, while anyone without an identification card is liable to six months imprisonment or a fine of N50,000 or both.
If the bill is passed into law, any herdsman wishing to set up ranches or anyone intending to graze livestock on ranches is expected to pay a permit fee and the permit would be renewable after a year, subject to the governor’s approval.
The Speaker, while commenting on the bill, said it would make it an offence for anyone to engage in open rearing, herding and grazing of livestock in the state outside the permitted ranches and also provide opportunities for private investors who may want to have their own ranches in the state.