Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has gone ahead to be the first Southern Governor to sign the anti-open grazing Bill into law since their resolve to enact the law back on July 5th.
By doing so, the Ondo State Governor has defiled both Miyetti Allah and Federal Government’s calls and threats to trash the legislation.
The new law seeks to keep marauding herdsmen and their flock off Ondo State lands, thereby encouraging farmers and boosting agriculture in the State.
Speaking after he appended his signature to the bill in Akure through his media officer, Governor Akeredolu said the State would do all it takes within the confines of the law to enforce the new regulation.
“The move is in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum at its last meeting in Lagos where September 1st was set as the deadline for Governors in Southern Nigeria to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.
“This is worthwhile and a very laudable development aimed at stemming needless instances of skirmishes, conflicts as well as infractions on the enviably peaceful disposition of the good people of Ondo State.
“It is very pertinent to aver and indeed, reiterate that the Law shall rather, engender a more cordial, mutually benefiting relationship amongst residents of the State irrespective of ethnicity, religion, or creed. For emphasis, no particular group of persons is the target.
“While it is the hope of Government that all residents would take ample advantage of this Law to enhance our socio-economic well being in Ondo State, compliance of same shall be given the utmost attention.
“In this regard, details of the new Law shall be made available to the public for proper information, more depth of understanding on contents as well as other relevant areas”, the statement said.