Oyo Assembly Passes Anti-Open Grazing Bill


Oyo State House of Assembly at Thursday plenary passed the Anti-Open Grazing bill into law.

The House noted that the law would foster peace and promote agribusiness in the state. 

The lawmakers said that the bill will put an end to loss of lives that result from the series of clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

The Speaker of the House, Rt Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin, in his remark, urged the public to ignore falsehoods and misconception about the ban on Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestock that are capable of triggering hostility between the herders and local farmers’ communities.

“We assured the people that all suggestions and memoranda of understanding submitted by various groups, agencies and representatives of different communities and tribes on the open rearing and grazing regulation bill 2019 was painstakingly looked into before it was passed into law.

“I am appealing to everyone to shun the rumour spreading that the law is to make life and business unbearable for some targeted group or set of people, rather it seeks to promote peace among residents and different tribes in Oyo state,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the Fulani Herdsmen in the state barely 24 hours before the bill was passed, threatened to embark on a legal action to stop the bill from sailing through. 

The herders at the meeting held at Igangan, in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state, on Wednesday, resolved to use legal option to stop the state House of Assembly from going further to enact the proposed law.

The bill was jointly sponsored by the Speaker, Hon. Ogundoyin, the Deputy Speaker, Abiodun Fadeyi, Majority Leader, Sanjo Adedoyin and the minority Leader, Asimiyu Alarape.