Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa lbom State has on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 signed into Law a Bill Prohibiting Open Rearing and Grazing of animals and provide for the Establishment of Ranches in the state.
The governor signed the bill shortly after the Speaker, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey with the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uko Udom (SAN), presented the bill to him for signing.
Recall that the House at Tuesday plenary passed the bill into law, with the date being the commencement date even as the Speaker immediately directed the Clerk of the House, Mandu Umoren to communicate the decision of the House to the governor for his assent.
The Governor after signing the bill into law stated that the new law is binding on everyone irrespective of the person’s status.
The governor instructed relevant authorities of government to ensure that the bill is implemented and enforced completely with strict compliance, stressing that culprits must be brought to book accordingly.
Governor Emmanuel reeling out the benefits of the law explained, “The new law will promote modern techniques in animal husbandry, prevent the destruction of farms by wandering cattles, while reducing clashes and killings between herders and farmers in the state.
“It will also promote international best practices in livestock administration, regulation and control in the state, among other things.
Meanwhile, at the Executive Chambers, the Speaker who was accompanied by the Leader of the House, Rt Hon Udo Kierian Akpan, and the Clerk of the House, Mandu Umoren, to the signing ceremony witnessed the inauguration of two committees by the governor.
The committees are the Akwa Ibom State Gender Based Violence Management Committee, chaired by the First Lady, Martha Udom Emmanuel and the Akwa Ibom State Road Safety Management Committee, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Moses Ekpo.