President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that 368 grazing sites be reviewed across 25 states of the country, and Akeredolu had given his approval.
The Southern Governors Forum unanimously adopted September 1, 2021, as the deadline for signing the bill at its most recent meeting in Lagos on July 5, 2021, according to Ripples Nigeria.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Ondo State, Donald Ojogo, released a statement on Tuesday expressing Akeredolu’s position.
“The move is in line with the Southern Governors’ Forum’s resolution at its most recent meeting in Lagos, where Governors in Southern Nigeria were given until September 1st to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law,” according to the statement.
“This is a worthwhile and laudable development aimed at preventing unnecessary skirmishes, conflicts, and infractions on Ondo State’s enviably peaceful disposition.
“It is critical to state and to emphasise that the Law will foster a more cordial, mutually beneficial relationship among residents of the State, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or creed. The target is not a specific person or group of people.
“While the Government hopes that all residents of Ondo State will take full advantage of this Law to improve our socio-economic well-being, compliance with the law will be given top priority. The government will pursue strict compliance with vigour, using all available legal means.
“In this regard, the new Law’s details shall be made available to the public for proper information, a deeper understanding of its contents, and other relevant areas.”
Meanwhile, some farmers took to the streets to celebrate the signing of the anti-grazing bill into law
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