Senate Endorse Bill To Create Database For Cows

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The Senate is considering a seeking create a database for cows.

The for an Act ‘establish national livestock and management (protection, control and management etc) bureau’ is being sponsored by Bima Enagi (APC, Niger South) and scaled a second reading Tuesday, April 20.

The legislation is aimed at solving the challenge of animal identification and management by establishing the National Livestock Bureau for the purpose of livestock identification, traceability, , cattle rustling control and livestock disease control.

Enagi who stated Nigeria has been unable participate the export of meat and other dietary product due to the absence of a management system, said the intends to indicate ownership and prevent rustling as well as collate genetic information animals, and improve the ability to trace animals.

He Said;

“Livestock identification refers to keeping records of individual farm animals or groups of farm animals so they can be more easily tracked from their birth, through the marketing chain, to the table.”

Supporting the bill, Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North – APC) said passing the bill into law is key to implementing the economic diversification goals of the current government, and solving the .

Kabir Abdullahi Barkiya (Katsina Central – APC) the other hand said being able to track livestock would significantly reduce cattle rustling, a trend he said is worsening banditry the northern .

Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South – APC) described the bill as ‘one of the best legislation’ introduced the chamber, especially view of the lingering insecurity crisis.

When Senator Bashir Ajibola (Osun Central – APC) raised a constitutional point of order as to whether the has the power to legislate on the subject matter, was overruled by Senator Na’Allah and Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North – APC).

The bill was passed for a second reading and referred to the Committee on and Development to report back within four weeks. A similar bill was previously passed for a third reading by the Eighth Senate, but was never signed into law.