Friday, August 2, 2019

Oyo Assembly moves to ban open grazing, as herdsmen will have to carry ID Cards

Oyo State Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill 2019 has passed the second reading at the state House of Assembly.

The bill is jointly sponsored by the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin; the Deputy Speaker, Abiodun Fadeyi; Majority Leader, Sanjo Adedoyin and the Minority Leader, Asimiyu Alarape.

If passed into law, anyone found guilty of open rearing or grazing of livestock is liable to seven years imprisonment or a fine of N200, 000 or both, if convicted.

The bill prohibits movement of livestock from one destination to another within the state, while herdsmen are mandated to register with the government and get identification cards which must be worn at all times.

The bill allows movement of cattle only by rail wagon, truck or pick-ups, while any person found moving livestock on foot is liable to one year imprisonment or a fine of N10, 000 or both, if found guilty.

The penalty for any herdsman who fails to register is two years, imprisonment or a fine of N100,000 or both, while anyone without an identification card is liable to six months imprisonment or a fine of N50,000 or both.

The bill prohibits a minor from livestock grazing, rearing or herding except under the supervision of an adult, while anyone found guilty of possessing a weapon within or outside the ranch is liable to imprisonment for one year or a fine of N100, 000 or both.

If the bill is passed into law, any herdsman wishing to set up ranches or anyone intending to graze livestock on ranches is expected to pay a permit fee and the permit would be renewable after a year, subject to the governor’s approval.