Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state yesterday signed into law the anti -grazing bill with an assurance that no particular group was the target.
The 26 members of the state House of Assembly had passed the bill after its submission to them by the governor.
After a thorough legislative procedures, it was forwarded back to the governor for his accent.
Akeredolu on his part forwarded same to the Ministry of Justice for legal inputs after which it was returned to him for his final accent.
Signing the bill into law in Akure, the governor said that “no particular group of persons is the target.
A statement by the Information and Orientation commissioner Donald Ojogo said that “the Governor Akeredolu signed the bill into Law in his office on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
“The move is in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum at its last meeting in Lagos where September 1st was set as the deadline for Governors in Southern Nigeria to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.
“This is worthwhile and a very laudable development aimed at stemming needless instances of skirmishes, conflicts as well as infractions on the enviably peaceful disposition of the good people of Ondo State.
“It is very pertinent to aver and indeed, reiterate that the Law shall rather, engender a more cordial, mutually benefiting relationship amongst residents of the State irrespective of ethnicity, religion or creed. For emphasis, no particular group of persons is the target.
“While it is the hope of Government that all residents would take an ample advantage of this Law to enhance our socio-economic well being in Ondo State, compliance of same shall be given the utmost attention. Government shall pursue with vigour, through lawful means, to ensure strict compliance.
The statement added that “In this regard, details of the new Law shall be made available to the public for proper information, more depth of understanding on contents as well as other relevant areas”.
By Dayo Johnson