Despite the agreement by the 17 southern governors to promulgate the anti-open grazing law in their respective states before September 1, 2021, Lagos, the permanent secretariat of the Southern Governors’ Forum, is one of the states that has failed to meet the deadline.
The governors of the region had set the deadline at their last meeting in Lagos in July, as a follow up to the announcement of a total ban on open grazing during an earlier meeting in Delta State.
Daily Trust reports that in Lagos, the anti-open grazing bill is still in the State House of Assembly, where it has passed first reading.
Gbenga Omotosho, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, said the state executive council has passed the anti-open grazing bill and presented it to the house of assembly.
Meanwhile, it was reported that Imo has opted out of the resolutions of the governors of the region.
The state governor, Hope Uzodimma, disclosed that the state has opted for a “partnership between farmers and herders.”
After meeting President Muhammadu Buhari about two weeks ago, Uzodimma told State House correspondents that there is no law forbidding open grazing by herders in the state.
In Ogun State, governor Dapo Abiodun is yet to assent to the Animal Grazing Regulation and Cattle Ranch Establishment Bill 2020 passed last month by the state’s house of assembly.
The bill, which was passed on July 8, stipulates three-year jail term for offenders.
In Edo State, the anti-grazing law has not been enacted by the state’s assembly.
Godwin Obaseki, the state governor, has not sent a bill to the assembly for consideration despite the September 1 deadline by the southern governors.
There have been several protests by communities and Civil Society Organisations, calling on the state government for the enactment of a law regulating grazing in the state.
However, the Anambra State government said it has no plan to enact anti-open grazing law in the state because of the cordial relationship with herders in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, said:
“We have a committee that interfaces with the herders and farmers in the state over the years and it is working effectively. There is no need for such laws since there is no problem in the state.”
Also, in Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has not signed the Anti-Open Grazing Bill passed by the assembly.
The Osun Animal Grazing Regulation and Cattle Ranches Establishment Bill 2021, has been passed by the assembly after its third reading.
However, the governor has not given his assent to it.