Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has signed into law, the Prohibition of Open Cattle Grazing Bill, 2021.
The law prohibits open cattle grazing, trespassing of cattle on farmlands and the movement of cattle in public places by herders, in Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu, who recently assented to the bill during the State’s Executive Council meeting in Alausa, Ikeja, directed the security agencies to swing into action immediately and enforce the provisions of the law.
“By the powers vested in me as the Governor of Lagos State, I am signing the bill on Open Cattle Grazing and Trespass of Cattle on Land into law to prohibit issues associated with open grazing of livestock,” Sanwo-Olu stated.
The governor noted that the farmer-herder crisis was not pronounced yet in Lagos, but the anti-open grazing law was expected to prevent the spillover of the menace into the state.
AgroNigeria gathered that the bill was passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly on September 9, 2021, after it went through Public Hearings, which received support from stakeholders.
Recommendations of the reports of the Committees on Agriculture and Finance, respectively, were unanimously adopted as the resolutions of the House, leading to its third reading.
Assembly Speaker, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, described the bill as timely and one that would ensure harmonious relationships between herders and farmers and protect the environment of the state and the southwest zone.