By Kingsley Braide
The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has postponed to Tuesday next week the passage of the bill seeking to ban open grazing in the state.
Chairman of the Joint House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Trade, Industry and Investment; Environment, and Security, Rt. Hon. Tonye Isenah announced this to our correspondent in Yenagoa.
Isena had last Monday said during a public hearing organised by the committee at the Assembly Complex, Yenagoa, that the bill would be expeditiously passed today (Wednesday).
Governor Douye Diri was expected to by Friday this week sign into law the legislative document titled, ‘Livestock Breeding and Marketing Regulation Bill, 2021’, which passed first and second reading on February 24.
But it was gathered on Wednesday that the House could not sit to consider the bill as a result of the unavoidable absence of the Speaker and his deputy.
Isenah, who confirmed the development said the House would resume next week Tuesday to pass the bill.
He said that apart from the speaker, he (Isenah), the Leader of the House and sponsor of the bill, Hon. Monday-Bubou Obolo, were also away on an official assignment outside the state.
Isenah, a former speaker, said: “We could not sit because the speaker was not in town, the deputy speaker was also not around. But the main reason is that myself and the Leader of the House and one other member were asked to be on a delegation outside Bayelsa.
“But we (the committee) have looked at the bill and finished everything. If we had sat today (Wednesday), we would have laid it. We are going to sit to conclude it on Tuesday next week.”