By Charles Akinbode
Governor of Osun State, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, has signed the Anti-Open Grazing Bill passed by the state House of Assembly on August 12 into law.
The bill, which was transmitted to the governor for assent is to prevent killings, environmental degradation caused by open rearing and grazing of livestock.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ismail Omipidan, in a statement on Wednesday, said the Mr. Oyetola signed the bill into law immediately the bill was transmitted from the House of Assembly to the Office of the Governor.
The statement read: “We have notified the security agencies that will enforce the law in every part of the state, so, it is a crime to practice open grazing in Osun State.
“The conveyance of livestock on foot from one destination to another in the State is prohibited, except such movement is by Rail Wagon or Truck or pick-up wagon and is within 7:00am to 6:00pm.
“The bill prohibits minor from grazing, rearing or herding of livestock except under the supervision of an adult.
“Any person or group who contravenes the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to terms of imprisonment of not less than 3 years without the option of fine as well as forfeiture of the herds of Cattle or livestock under his or her control to the State Government.
“A minor who contravenes the provision of Section 3 (4) committed an offence, and the guardian or parent of the minor or owner of the livestock as the case may be, shall be vicariously liable on conviction to a fine of N300,000.00 only.”