GOVERNOR Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, yesterday, signed into law the Prohibition of Open Cattle Grazing Bill, 2021.
Sanwo-Olu signed the law prohibiting open cattle grazing in Lagos, the trespass of cattle on farmlands and for other connected purposes, at the State House, Alausa, Lagos.
On September 9, 2021, the Lagos State House of Assembly passed the bill for Governor Sanwo-Olu’s assent into law.
The bill was passed by the Assembly after it went through Public Hearings, which received support from stakeholders.
The recommendations of the reports of the Committees on Agriculture and Finance, respectively, were unanimously adopted as the resolutions of the House, leading to its third reading.
During the plenary session, the Assembly Speaker, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, described the bill as timely and one that would ensure harmonious relationships between herders and farmers and protect the environment of the state and the southwest zone.
Obasa also suggested that the bill should make provision for the registration of herders and prepare them for ranching.
He said: “Allocating parcels of land is not enough but there should be a training of those who would go into ranching because ranching is expensive and requires adequate preparation.”