The Nasarawa State House of Assembly yesterday said that it would pass a bill for a law to make provision for the control, prohibit and to restrict grazing of animals in urban centres, schools and other designated areas to curtail crisis between herdsmen, farmers and other people.
The speaker of the house, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, announced this after the sponsor of the bill, Mr. Daniel Ogazi, the house deputy majority leader, presented the bill for second reading during the house proceedings in Lafia.
Balarabe-Abdullahi said that the bill would not only tackle herdsmen/farmers clashes and road accidents caused by animals moving freely without being well controlled by the herders.
According to him, “The bill would also curtail attitudes of residents who form the habit of rearing animals such as pigs, sheep, goats, cows and other domestic animals, especially along highways as well asherdsmen who graze in urban centres, schools areas, among others.
“We believe that this bill if passed will not only reduce farmers/herdsmen crisis but will also curtail unnecessary accident
which may result to death due to uncontrolled animals especially in city centres and rural areas.
“This bill, when passed, will also bring peace and harmonious co-existence among the people of the diverse ethnic, religious and political groups in the state,” he said.
Balarabe-Abdullahi restated the assembly’s commitment to continue to enact laws and pass resolutions that have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.
The speaker, however, directed the house standing committee on Agriculture to work on the bill for its passage into law.
The house unanimously commended the sponsor of the bill, Mr. Daniel Ogazi (APC-Kokona East) for initiating the bill, adding that the bill would promote peaceful co-existence in the state.