The Anambra State House of Assembly has passed the state’s anti-open grazing bill.
The Bill titled: “Anambra State Open Grazing of Cattle and other Livestock Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 2021,” was passed after the third reading during the plenary in Awka.
The lawmakers at the Committee of the House scrutinised the 39-Clause Executive Bill one by one before it was passed.
A voice vote on each of the clauses of the bill was conducted by the Speaker of the House, Uche Okafor before it was passed by the Assembly.
Okafor revealed that the passage of the bill came after the consideration of the report of the public hearing presented by the chairman of House Committee on Agriculture, John Nwokoye.
Okafor later directed the Clerk of the House, Pius Udo, to forward a clean copy of the bill to Governor Willie Obiano for assent.
When signed into law, the bill will prevent the destruction of farms, community ponds, settlements, and properties as well as optimise the use of land resources amid overstretched land and increasing population.
Also, the Assembly approved the 2022 -2024 multi-year budget framework report presented by the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Obinna Emeneka.