Ondo Assembly Passes Anti-Open Grazing Bill
James Sowole in Akure
The Ondo State House of Assembly has passed into law, a bill to regulate security, rearing and grazing of livestock and establishment of ranches and two other bills into law.
The two other bills passed at the plenary of the Assembly are a bill for a law to provide for the management of funds accruing to the Ondo State Judiciary from the consolidated revenue fund of the state and a bill for a law to eliminate violence in private and public life and prohibition of all forms of violence against persons (VAPP).
The three bills, were passed after the committees set up to scrutinise them presented their reports to the House at its plenary.
Presenting the report on grazing bill, Chairman House Committee on Agriculture, Hon. Taofeek Oladele, said that the bill when passed into law would prevent destruction of farm crops in the state.
He added that it would address clashes between herders and farmers, enhance the growth of livestock farming, prevent control and manage the spread of diseases and as well encourage modern techniques of animal husbandry.
While briefing the House, it was made known that necessary areas of the bill had been scrutinised.
After thorough debate on the bill, it was considered necessary for approval and the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Oleyelogun Bamidele David, ruled in favour of the bill after a voice vote.
In the same vein, while presenting the report on the bill on Prohibition of Violence against Persons, Hon. Akintomide Akinrogunde observed that the bill when passed would not only assist in eliminating violence against persons in public and private life but reduce attacks on women, children and other vulnerable persons.
Akinrogunde called on members to consider major amendments to clauses of the bill and consider it for passage.
Also, the bill for a law on the management of funds accruing to the Judiciary from the consolidated revenue of Ondo State was presented by the Selection Committee.
While presenting the report, the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aderoboye Samuel Ademoye observed that the bill when passed into law would regulate management of funds in the Judicial arm of government.
He added that the bill when it becomes law would enhance the welfare of Judiciary Staff, regulate procurement processes in the sector and as well enhance dispensation of justice.
After proper debate on the bills motions were moved for their adoption and they were subsequently adopted through voice votes.