By Ikeugonna Eleke
Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has banned the movement of cattle on foot in every part of Anambra State.
Soludo who met with members of Anambra State Cattle Menace Committee at the Government House, Awka, last weekend, said the ban was in compliance with the 2021 Anti-Open Grazing Law of the state, adding that enforcement would begin from September.
‘Now that we have a law banning open grazing, the law enforcement agents have been directed to implement it.
‘Though the law has been in existence since almost one year ago, cattle rearers keep parading certain areas in the state in contravention of the law,’ Soludo said.
Former governor of the state, Willie Obiano, had assented to the Cattle and Other Livestock Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill of Anambra State in 2021, but failed to enforce the ban.
But Soludo, while speaking at the meeting, said that his administration would begin to ensure the implementation of the law by September.
He applauded members of the Anambra State Cattle Menace Committee for their devotion to duty, saying that Anambra people had largely lived in harmony with herdsmen, but that the herdsmen must conduct their businesses within the ambit of extant laws.