Bill Designating Grazing Routes for Herders Sparks Fresh Anger in Ogun




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Ogun state

Stakeholders, including and cattle breeders, on Wednesday, rejected the grazing routes proposed in the Animal Grazing and Cattle Ranch Establishment Bill, being considered by the Ogun House of Assembly.
They called for the designated routes in the bill to be expunged, at a hearing organized by the House at the assembly’s complex in Abeokuta.
Mr Abiodun Ogunyemi and Abel Solanke, both cattle breeders and Kuforiji Oluwadamilare of the Animal Scientists Association of Nigeria, joined the majority of stakeholders to clamour for the removal of the sections seeking the creation of designated routes for grazing in the state.
They insisted that cattle rearing should be seen as a serious business, which required an individual to acquire land from the state government for the establishment of a Ranch, to put an end to frequent clashes between and herders.
Another cattle breeder, Olusegun Osinowo, however, stressed the need for government to ease the process of acquiring the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) and necessary documents for land for the establishment of ranches.
Also, the State Chairman of the Coalition of Civil Societies, Yinka Folarin, canvassed for stiffer punitive provisions for herders caught guns and dangerous , from 10 years imprisonment to 21years.
The State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Abubakar Ibrahim accompanied by the Seriki-Fulani in the state, Alhaji Kabir Mohammed , to present their paper to the House on the bill.
Earlier, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, the Speaker of the House, presided over the hearing, that members of the relevant committee would consider the suggestions made at the hearing and accelerate the passage of the bill, ahead of the farming .
Oluomo, however, asked the State Ministry of and regulatory agencies, to consider the introduction of a census of animals, at entry points into the state, for proper documentation.
He added that such head-count would serve as a source of revenue for government and be part of security to control movement of the cattle, as well as outbreak of diseases in the state.
Sponsor of the bill, Mr Ganiyu Oyedeji, explained that the bill was part of proactive by the House, to forestall the activities of herdsmen and their frequent clashes .
(NAN)