Cattle grazing bill passes second reading in Akwa Ibom Assembly

Fulani Herdsmen [Credit: Today.ng]

A bill for a law to regulate and control cattle grazing in Akwa Ibom scaled through the second reading at the plenary of the House of Assembly in Uyo on Tuesday.

The bill, sponsored by Nse Ntuen, representing Essien Udim state constituency, and 11 others, sought to prohibit uncontrolled grazing of cattle across the state.

Mr. Ntuen, the lead sponsor, said that the bill, when passed into law, would check incessant destruction of food crops on farmlands by grazing cattle and other ruminants.

He said that the bill would abolish night grazing and make provision for designated grazing areas or cattle ranches across the state.

He said that the bill would prohibit any person from allowing cattle or other ruminants belonging to him or under his control to graze on lands that were not designated as grazing areas.

The bill is seeking the prohibition of the movement of cattle and other ruminants at night, while restricting the movement of the animals to specific hours of the day.

After exhaustive deliberation on the general principles of the bill, all the members unanimously agreed that the bill should be read a second time.

The Speaker, Onofiok Luke, committed the bill to the joint House Committees on Agriculture and Environment for further legislative work.

He later said that the House would reconvene on February 28.

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  • Angry Niaja

    Mumu people, they are conceding parts of their land to the fulanis in effect, many years down the line their children and children’s children are the one to face running battles with these Fulani herdsmen who will eventually claim their whole State. Nigerians are being sold a lemon. We need to think, and very fast to. We were told that these herdsmen are not Nigerians, so are we freely giving our land to foreigners then, also why should herdsmen get this special treatment of free land? We might as well do same for poultry farmers, fishermen and all manner of farmers. This is a crazy idea, and we MUST speak against it now. The north will not concede an inch of their land, so why are we in the south so readily giving out our land to them for grazing their cattle, which we now have to buy off them