The executive bill was read by the speaker of the House, Ikunyi Ibani during plenary, on Monday, August 2, 2021. The bill is christened Prohibition of Open Grazing of Livestock and Ranching Administration bill 2021, according to the letter sent to the House.
AN24 News reports that he said it’s in compliance with the “unanimous prohibition of open rearing of grazing of livestock in southern states of Nigeria by the Southern Governors forum and the resultant needs for the enactment of relevant laws to back up the prohibition on or before the 1st of September 2021”.
Governor Wike believes the bill when passed into law will end the persistent farmer-herder clashes in the state. He also appealed to the lawmakers to give the bill accelerated consideration due to its public importance.
The Rivers State Governor also sent the Rivers State Child Right law for alteration by the House and a bill seeking to provide legal backing to the renaming of “iconic” monuments in the State was also sent to the House for consideration.