Anti-Open Rearing and Grazing Bill not against Fulanis – Oyo Speaker

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, has described as ‘untrue’ the insinuations that the proposed Anti-Open Rearing and Grazing Bill is to witch-hunt and make life and business unbearable for Fulanis in the State.

Hon. Ogundoyin declared this following the air of uncertainties being anticipated by herders in Oyo State, after the State Anti-Open Rearing and Grazing Bill passed second reading on the floor of the House.

He said the clarification was important as a result of wrong insinuations and rumours making the rounds that the Bill is an attempt by the State lawmakers to jeopardise the economic activities of the herders, particularly the Fulanis, who are spread across the State.

Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly,

Regulating the activities of herders

According to the Speaker, the Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill, 2019  before the 9th Oyo Assembly was significantly meant to regulate the activities of Fulanis and herders in Oyo State, in the area of grazing and rearing of livestock.

He added that the Bill seeks to prevent  destruction of farms and property by cows, prevent clashes between livestock owners and farmers, as well as protect the environment from degradation and pollution, caused by open rearing and grazing.

While calling on all Fulanis and herders in the State to go about their economic and business activities without fear, the Speaker urged them to be ready to abide by the provisions of the Bill when it becomes fully operational.

The Speaker assured every resident of the State that the lawmakers are working on the Bill because of the firm belief that it would expose fake and criminally-minded people or Fulanis who hide under the guise of herders or livestock owners, to perpetrate evil, especially kidnapping and other heinous crimes, in different parts of the State.

Emmanuel Ukoh