The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has said that the anti-open grazing bill was intended to create an atmosphere that would encourage peaceful co-existence among residents.
Obasa, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, said it was important to address the issue of cattle rearing, especially as it affects security and other human desires.
He said this at a public hearing held at the Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday.
The Speaker added that the issues involved with the current ways of cattle rearing and open grazing called for concerted efforts for stability and economic development.
“If there is no security, there will be no peace and development. Farmers/herders clash appears to be the oldest. Both the farmers and herders are critical to food stability.
“Both of them affect our health. Their conflicts lead to insecurity and claim lives and properties. We must engage ourselves to make the right decisions,” the Speaker said.
Hon. Kehinde Joseph, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, in his remark, said that the proposed law was meant to ensure peace between herders and farmers in the state.
According to Joseph, the proposed law is meant to ensure the registration of herders and prohibition cattle roaming.
“It will forestall herders/farmers clashes and redefine social and economic activities in the state.
“Members of cattle breeders association will be sensitised on the new development and we will ensure strict compliance with the law, when it is passed,” he said.