Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governor of Enugu, has signed the anti-open grazing bill of the state into law.
The assent of the bill by the governor on Tuesday comes after the Enugu State House of Assembly passed the bill, entitled: ‘Prohibition of Open Grazing and Cattle Ranching Law of Enugu State’, during plenary on 2 September.
The enactment of the anti-open grazing law follows the resolution made by the southern governors at their meeting in Delta and Lagos State recently, where they decided to domesticate the law by 1 September as part of measures to prevent farmers-herders clashes.
Edward Ubosi, Speaker of the Enugu Assembly, had said the bill is for unity, security and peaceful coexistence among residents of the state, and not targeted at any group or individual.
In a similar vein, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly also passed a bill prohibiting open grazing in the state.
The house passed the bill after it was read the third time on the floor of the assembly on Tuesday.
This followed a report of the joint house committees on agriculture and natural resources, as well as lands and housing presented at the plenary session.
According to Asuquo Udo, a member of the Akwa Ibom State parliament, the passage of the bill will promote modern techniques of animal husbandry, prevent the destruction of farms, while also reducing clashes and killings between herders and farmers in the state.