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Osun House Of Assembly Sets To Pass Grazing Bill Into Law, Itemizes Benefits



Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Timothy Owoeye

The Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye has said that putting State Animal Grazing Regulation and Cattle Ranch Establishment bill in place would reduce clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the State.

Owoeye made this known on Wednesday during the plenary at House of Assembly, Osogbo.

The Speaker during the Policy Thrust of the bill where he enumerated its advantages and disadvantages its entails.

He observed that the passage of the bill would control activities of cattle rearers and reduce degredation of land in the state.

He lamented on what open grazing has caused in the state and country at large while urging to put in place laws that would guide cattle rearing.

In their separate remarks, the lawmakers noted that the bill is a welcome development in agriculture sector that would put stop to open grazing and protect the environment.

They said that the bill if passed into law would control and prevent animal diseases into the state.

They also observed that the bill would put stop to herders criminality activities and help economy of the state.

The lawmakers also said that the bill if passed into law would bring unity among farmers and herdsmen in Osun.

According to them, “The bill will provide job opportunity to the people and curtail speed of animal diseases”.

“The bill if passed into law will reduce sudden accident cause by herdsmen movements and increase farm products in the state” they added.

They all urged for the speedy passage of the bill for development of the state.

Meanwhile, under the personal explanation, Hon. Elizabeth Abioye representing Ifedayo State Constituency brought to the notice of the house the attack of the herdsmen on Oora town where a lady was took away by evil perpetrators.

In the same view, Hon. Badmus also observed the damage caused by heavy downfall in Osogbo yesterday night which some life lost and several properties worth millions were destroyed.

The house Speaker sympathised with the affected person and then called for government intervention.

He also called on ministry of environment to do more on dredging of waterways across the state to curtail future erosion.

He warned those who dump refuses in the rivers to desist from such offensive acts.

He said, “We appeal to people in the state to desist from such act for free flow of water”.

In another development, the House of Assembly also confirmed the amendments local government Caretaker nominees from Olorunda North LCDA Mr. Ajisebiyawo Abiodun and Iwo East LCDA counterpart Mr. Akande Adetunji respectively.