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Gov Okowa signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law

The Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has signed the bill prohibiting open grazing across the state, into law.

The Governor signed the bill into law on Thursday at the Government House in Asaba.

Delta State House of Assembly had passed the Prohibiting Open Grazing, Indiscriminate Breeding, Rearing, and Marketing of Livestock in Delta State.

The law is to prohibit the carrying of firearms, either licensed or otherwise, by residence or individuals in the state just as it would address arbitrary rearing and movements of livestock in the state.

Lawmakers unanimously passed the bill following the adoption of a motion by the Majority Leader of the House, Mr Ferguson Onwo.

The prohibition of open grazing became necessary to tackle the conflicts between herders and farmers in the state.

Edited by Adeniyi Bakare