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Politics of Tuesday, 31 August 2021

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Governor Akeredolu defies Buhari, set to sign anti-open grazing bill into Law

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

Ahead of the September 1 deadline given by Southern states for the implementation of anti-open grazing law, the Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is now set to sign it into law.

The move by the governor shows that he's undisturbed by the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari that 368 grazing sites across the 25 states of the country should be reviewed.

The Governor will sign the bill into law on Tuesday (Today). The move of the governor was in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors Forum at its last meeting in Lagos on July 5, 2021. The bill which was passed by the State House of Assembly on July 2, 2021, was designed to regulate the security, rearing and grazing of livestock.

The bill will also ensure the establishment of ranches in the state
as well as prevent the destruction of farm crops in the state and will address clashes between herders and farmers in the state.

During the passage of the bill by lawmakers in the state, the Assembly maintained that it will enhance the growth of livestock farming and as well encourage modern techniques of animal husbandry in the state among others.