Bill seeking to ban open grazing scales second reading in Senate

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A Bill for an Act to establish National Animal Husbandry and Ranches Commission for the regulation, management, preservation and control of ranches throughout Nigeria has scaled second reading in Senate.

This followed the presentation of a lead debate by the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Titus Zam(Benue North-West) at plenary.

He said the enactment of a legislation to regulate animal husbandry in Nigeria had become necessary, adding that the bill when passed into law would help solve the long standing clashes between
farmers and herders.

The bill received overwhelming support of the lawmakers, who made various contributions towards its passage.

Contributing, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe(Abia south), said the bill was timely, adding that the farmer and herder clashes were largely responsible for food insecurity in Nigeria.

He called for amendment to the Land Use Act to resolve the problem of land ownership, which could hinder establishment of ranches.

Sen. Danjuma Goje(Gombe Central)
said the bill was timely.

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He, however, opposed the establishment of ranches in only
pastoralist states.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Barau Jibrin, supported the bill.

He, however, called for the bill to be stepped down for wider consultation.

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, said the Senate would work towards passing a bill that was in national interest.

He said the public hearing for the bill would be combined with an earlier scheduled national dialogue on ranching.

The bill was thereafter referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Trade and Investment as well as Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to report to the plenary within a month.

 

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