Anambra Assembly passes anti-open grazing bill

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Anambra House of Assembly

The Anambra State Assembly passed the anti-open grazing bill.

The bill entitled: “Anambra State on Open Cattle Grazing and Other Breeding Bans and Establishment of Ranches in Anambra State 2021”, was passed after third reading in plenary session Tuesday.

Legislators in the plenary committee took turns examining the 39-clause executive bill before its adoption.

The president, Mr. Uche Okafor, proceeded to a voice vote on each of the articles of the bill before its adoption by the assembly.

Okafor said the passage of the bill followed consideration of the report of the public hearing, presented by the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Mr. John Nwokoye (APGA-Awka North).

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Subsequently, the speaker requested the Clerk, Mr. Pius Udo, to forward a blank copy of the bill to Governor Willie Obiano for approval.

The bill, when finally enacted, will prevent the destruction of farms, community ponds, settlements and properties, and optimize the use of land resources in the face of over-used land and a growing population.

In addition, the assembly also examined and approved the report on the multiannual budgetary framework 2022-2024 presented by the chairman of the House finance and appropriations committee, Mr. Obinna Emeneka (APGA-Anambra East).

(NAA)

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