We’ve Anti-Open Grazing Law In Place – Ebonyi Govt

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The Ebonyi State Government says it has enacted law on an­ti-open grazing.

Attorney General and Com­missioner for Justice, Ebonyi State, Barrister Cletus Ofoke, stated this in a chat with journalists at the weekend in Abakaliki.

Ofoke said the law was en­acted as far back as 2018 and was named Ebonyi Miscella­neous Offences Law, 2018.

According to him, the law addresses all issues relating to herders and farmers activities in the state.

He added that following the recent resolution of the Southern Governors Forum in Asaba, the state govern­ment revisited some parts of the provisions of the law and further strengthened it to be at par with the Asaba resolu­tion.

“Sometime in 2018, the lead­ership of Myeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Ni­geria (MACBAN), led by their chairman and the secretary, were here. Also, remember that I’m the chairman of State committee on herders and farmers relationship.

“In 2018, we had an under­standing with the leadership of MACBAN who came and we outlined our challenges with their brothers who are living in Ebonyi State.

“They also made their own representation and at the end, we had an agreement. That agreement culminated into the enactment of Ebonyi Mis­cellaneous Offences Law, 2018.

“That law addresses all is­sues relating to farmers and Herders activities in terms of open grazing, under age graz­ing, so on.

“If you have followed the resolution of the Southern Governors Forum in Asaba, you would agree with me that what they resolved was that any state that had not enacted anti-open grazing law should do that and of course, any state that had enacted and there are areas they didn’t touch should do well to incorporate such.

“And so in Ebonyi State, what we did was to strengthen part of the provisions of that law to be at par with resolution at Asaba. So, in Ebonyi State, we have anti-open grazing law,” Ofoke explained.

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