The Enugu State House of Assembly has passed a bill to prohibit open grazing and regulate cattle ranching in the state.
The bill was passed on Thursday, three days after the House conducted a public hearing on the bill.
Speaking after the bill was passed at plenary, Edward Ubosi, Speaker of the Enugu Assembly, said the bill was not targeted on any group or individuals but for the peace and security of residents of Enugu State.
He commended the members for working tirelessly to ensure that the bill was passed today.
“This bill is for the unity, security and peaceful coexistence among residents of Enugu State. It is not targeted on any group or individual,” he said.
The House had earlier on Tuesday invited stakeholders to present their presentations and proffer suggestions on the bill.
However, the leadership of the Northern Community in Enugu State had during the hearing urged the House to give them 30 days to articulate their position on the bill and submit it to the House.
Gidado Siddiki, South-East zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, however, pledged that the Northern Community in Enugu would support any law that will bring peace and security to the state.
“I plead for a period of one month to enable us come out with a position that will truly carry our disposition with due consideration to the good of Enugu State and Nigeria,” Siddiki had pleaded.