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Bayelsa Assembly to ban open grazing

An Executive Bill seeking to ban open grazing and regulate the business of livestock breeding and marketing in Bayelsa, will be passed into law on Wednesday.

Chairman of the State House of Assembly Joint Committee, on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Trade, Industry and Investment, Environment, and Security, Mr Tonye Isenah, made this known in Yenagoa a the public hearing on the bill organized by the committee at the Assembly Complex.

He explained that the purpose of the public hearing was to get the views of other stakeholders, to enrich and strengthen the bill to become an efficient law in the state.

He further promised that inputs made during the public hearing would be harnessed by the committee.

The sponsor of the bill and Leader of the House, Monday-Bubou Obolo, said the bill was aimed at securing lives and property through proper legislated regulations.

He said the bill when passed into law would prevent herders-farmers clashes and also prohibit movement of livestock on foot and possession of firearms.

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