By Victor Graham
The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has vowed to ensure that the Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Bill 2021 is fully implemented when passed into law.
Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Rt. Hon. Tonye Isenah, stated this in an interview with newsmen on Monday after the public hearing of the bill in Yenagoa.
He noted that the bill provides a gamut of opportunity for all those involved in business of cattle rearing and also for Bayelsans to start thinking of setting up ranches for commercial purposes.
“I want to assure Bayelsans that will not fail in our oversight function of ensuring that this bill is implemented. If you listen to me while talking to the Commissioner for Environment, I was very emphatic about not taking action on our resolutions. A resolution is very strong and powerful but a law is more powerful.
“As chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, meaning I am saddled with that responsibility, so we will not fail. If you recall in the 4th and 5th Assembly, I sponsored motions concerning this same issue. I know people would have asked why didn’t I sponsor a bill on it rather than a motion. This kind of law you need to get the buy-in of the executive who are going to implement it.
“There a lot of political issues concerning this bill. Now it has emanated from the executive, the governor himself, meaning they are ready. So we are going to ensure that it implemented”.
The public hearing of the bill which was organized by the Joint Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Trade, Industry and Investment, Environment and Security was attended by key stakeholders.
The stakeholders include; Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries in the ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Environment, Trade, Industry and Investment and Justice.
Others were; representative from the Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers, the Director Livestock in the Ministry of Agriculture, Cattle Dealers Association and representatives of security heads.
Also in attendance were Chairman and Secretary of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Central Zone, representatives of the Farmers Association of Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breaders Association, civil society organizations, trade unions, amongst others.