The first joint parliamentary session of South-East and South-south State Houses of Assembly ended in Owerri, Imo State, Friday with a declaration to prohibit grazing of cattle in the geo-zones in all ramifications, report NaijaAgroNet.
The session hosted by Imo State House of Assembly, with the Theme: "Alternatives to Militancy and the harmonisation of South-East/South-South Grazing Reserve Proposals" condemned the proposed National Grazing bill currently being sponsored on the floor of the National Assembly.
Also the session urge the various Houses of Assembly in the South-East and South-south zones to pass bills restricting cattle rearing, prohibit grazing of cattle from one location to another through farmlands which has the tendency for causing damages to farm farmlands, health hazards, and obstruction of vehicular and human traffic.
“And to reject the proposed Bill to Establish and Control Grazing Routes and Reserves before the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly,” the parliamentarians said in a public statement made available to NaijaAgroNet.
According to the Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ugonna Ozurigbo, the session equally urged the Governors of the South-East and South-South to establish special task forces drawn from various security agencies and neighbourhood watch in each Local Government to checkmate the excesses of herdsmen and prosecute them.
They argued that the proposed bill tend to authorize the National Grazing Commission to take over any piece of land they so please, and pay a token as compensation for such, completely negates the spirit of capitalist economy which Nigeria runs.
Pix: South-South+South East Speakers of House of Assembly with Gov. Okorocha,