Anti-Open Grazing Bill Signed Into Law in Anambra

By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has signed into law a bill to prohibit and abolish open and nomadic cattle and other livestock grazing and rearing in Anambra State, establish cattle and other livestock ranches in the state and to provide for related matters.

He performed the function on 22nd October, 2021 at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Signing the Bill, Governor Obiano commended the State House of Assembly for expeditious passage, saying that the establishment of the law would hopefully enable entrenchment of peace.

Obiano said his administration had been managing crises for a very long time, even as he said the measures were only short term, stressing that the law enforcement agents had been directed to implement it.

Present at the brief ceremony were the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uju Nwogu; Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu; Commissioner for Police, Mr. Echeng Echeng; Commissioner for Agriculture; Chief Nnamdi Onukwuba; Chairman of South East Council of Traditional Rulers; Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe; Traditional Ruler of Okpuno, Igwe Sunday Okafor; Traditional Ruler of Mbaukwu; Igwe Peter Anugwu; member representing Awka North at the State House of Assembly; House Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Chief John Nwokoye; members of the Hausa Community in the state, among others.