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Rivers Assembly passes anti-open rearing, grazing bill into law

Rivers State House of Assembly has passed into law the bill prohibiting open rearing and grazing of livestock in the state.

The bill, which was captioned “Rivers State Prohibition of Open Rearing and Grazing Bill, 2021,” was passed on Tuesday, following a committee report presented by the House Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Ansalem Ogwugwo.

Majority Leader of the House, Martin Amaewhule, who led the debate, said the bill would address the issues of encroachment of farm produce and unlawful killings of farmers in the state.

Rivers State House of Assembly

The Speaker of the House, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, in his submission, said the bill would address challenges emanating from open rearing and grazing of livestock in Rivers.

The lawmakers also passed the Rivers State Residents Registration Agency Bill 2021 into law.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ibani, in his resolution after the Committee of the whole, said the bill came to cure some anomalies and also ensure the government did not face further expenses in the dwindling economy, adding that the content of the bill would enable the state to enhance effective service delivery.

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