Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, signed the Anti-Grazing Bill into law on Tuesday, making the banning of herders in the state legal.
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, quoted the governor in a statement that the decision was made in accordance with the Southern Governors’ Forum’s resolution at its most recent meeting in Lagos, which set September 1st as the deadline for governors in southern Nigeria to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.
In his words;
“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.
“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 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.
“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.”
Recall that a few months ago, President Buhari charged state governors to protect their people by taking action on the incessant killing of farmers by herders in their states.