Abia House Of Assembly Passed into Law Anti Grazing Bill

Abia House Of Assembly Passed into  Law Anti  Grazing Bill

By Ify Ashi, Umuahia

The Abia House of Assembly had passed into law, the Control of Nomadic Cattle Rearing and Prohibition of Grazing Routes/ according to the  Reserve Bill, 2016

The  Bill which was sponsored by the former Speaker Rt Hon. Azubuike, Member representing Isiala Ngwa North Constituency said the bill  sought to control nomadic cattle rearing and prohibit of grazing routes in Abia and for other matters incidental thereto.

Passing it into law, the Speaker, Abia House of Assembly, Chikwendu Kalu, maintained that the law was not only important to the farmers, but also to the entire people in the state.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the bill was passed, the speaker  urged the security agencies to ensure proper implementation of the law to ensure security of lives and properties.

The Speaker commended members of the Sixth Assembly for their determination in ensuring that the bill was finally passed into law.

He added that the law provides that the entry of trade cattle into the state shall be by rail or by road haulage and also stipulates that movement of trade cattle to major towns in the state shall be by truck, trailers/vehicles or pickup van.

The law according to the speaker further prohibits driving of trade cattle on hoof through any road or environs into the state and  also states that anybody found with the cattle on hoof through any road or environs in the state shall be guilty of an offence.

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According to him, the law states that the person upon conviction is liable to a fine of the sum of N200,000 or six months imprisonment or both fine and imprisonment and also states that any cattle found on any road in the state shall be impounded or taken to a nearby ranch by the stipulated authority

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