The Anti-Open Grazing Bill was signed into law by Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola to prevent livestock slaughter and environmental degradation caused by open grazing.
On August 12, the state House of Assembly passed the bill, which was then sent to the Governor for his approval.
Ismail Omipidan, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, confirmed the bill’s signing.
“We have notified the security agencies, who will enforce the law in every part of the state,” he said.
He pointed out that moving livestock by foot from one location in the state to another is illegal unless it is done by rail waggon, truck, or pick-up waggon between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Minors are not permitted to graze, rear, or herd livestock unless they are accompanied by 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 imprisonment for 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,” the bill states.
“A minor who violates Section 3 (4) is guilty of an offence, and the minor’s guardian or parent, or the owner of the livestock, as the case may be, is vicariously liable on conviction to a fine of N300,000.00 only.”