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Reintroduce Anti-Open Grazing Bill- NUJ Tells AKHA


Reintroduce Anti-Open Grazing Bill- NUJ Tells AKHA

…Why the Bill could Not Fly in 6th Assembly


…AKHA Opens Up


By Ekemini Simon


The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Akwa Ibom State Council has called on the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to reintroduce the Open Grazing Bill for consideration.


The NUJ in the February Congress held on Friday, February 21, 2021 in Uyo condemned the recent invasion of farms and attack on a farmer in the State by herdsmen and called on the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to reintroduce the Anti-Open Grazing Bill in order to regulate grazing activities and prevent possible large-scale clashes between farmers and herders in the State.


It could be recalled that a bill for a law to regulate and control cattle grazing in Akwa Ibom State and other matters connected therewith was introduced during the 6th Assembly and had on February 21, 2017 passed second reading at the floor of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

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The bill which was committed to the joint Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and Environment and Mineral Resources did not see the light of the day.


It is gathered from some Members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly who served in the 6th Assembly that the bill could not fly because many persons perceived the bill as a legislation that would hand over lands to the Fulanis thus exposes the State to insurgency ravaging other parts of the country.


A Member who served during the 6th Assembly but refused name on print noted “There was a lot of misunderstanding about the bill. Many did not appreciate it. When people talked about it, they called it grazing bill instead of Anti-open Grazing Bill. So, the issues surrounding the bill became inflamed. The House in its wisdom had to hold on”.


Another Member who confided in this reporter added ” The bill died because of the known tendacies of our Fulani brothers. There were a lot of sentiments expressed about the bill. Many raised issues that the Fulanis have a tendency of taking over people’s land where ever they are given a little space and causing problem with people of the community they reside.”

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” This sentiments held sway because at that point, there were reports of many killings where the Fulanis reside in other parts of the country. So, giving them a place to stay was a disturbing issue at that time”.


Contacted, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly through the Chairman House Committee on Information, Barr Aniefiok Dennis noted that the State Assembly has plans to reintroduce the bill.


He said ” The bill was actually initiated during the 6th Assembly. Same presently is not before the House. However, a Member discussed the possibility of representing the bill with me. Once same is properly before the House, we shall consider same and subject it to rigorous Public Hearing where Akwa Ibom people will have opportunity of accepting or rejecting same before same goes to the Governor for assent”.


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