Southern States Set To Miss Sept 1 Deadline – Open Grazing Ban


Planned ban on open grazing across the southern states may not materialise from next month as originally scheduled, according to indications yesterday.

This is because the law regulating such activity is yet to be in place in at least four of the states including Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Anambra and Enugu.

And following moves by the federal authorities to recover 368 grazing sites in 25 states, the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self Determination (NINAS) yesterday threatened a fresh round of protests should the federal government carry out its plan.

Southern governors, during a meeting in Asaba, Delta State on May 11 resolved to ban open grazing in their states.

September 1 was set for the commencement of the ban.

But at press time yesterday, the Enugu and Akwa Ibom Houses of Assembly were yet to conclude work on the bills while Cross River was yet to come up with its own bill. Anambra State seems not to be interested in the plan.

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Enugu State Information Commissioner Chidi Aroh said the executive arm was still waiting for the bill from the legislature to enable it to commence implementation of the ban on open grazing in the state.

“It’s only proper as executive that we’re waiting for what the House said they are doing,” Aroh said.

“We cannot start talking about what we would do about a bill that is before the legislature, which the House has not yet passed into law.

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