In order to put in place measures towards stemming the incessant herders/farmers’ clashes, the Ogun State House of Assembly says plans are underway to legislate on animal husbandry and related activities, through the enactment of an all-inclusive law on anti-open grazing in the State.
The Speaker, Rt, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, disclosed this during a parley with executive members of the State Coalition of Civil Societies led by its Chairman, Comrade Yinka Folarin at the Assembly’s Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Oluomo recalled that stakeholders including some northern leaders had openly condemned the uncontrolled wandering of cattle, which had resulted in series of attacks and criminal activities associated with herdsmen/farmers’ clashes across the State, especially in the Yewa axis.
He noted that the Assembly had equally finalised plans to engage relevant stakeholders, through public hearings to put in place laws for the creation of an agency for the collection and maintenance of database, for all residents in the State, towards having a verifiable detail and bio-data, to improve on security operations of its citizenry.
The Speaker outlined the efforts of the ninth Assembly to addressing insecurity in the State to include, speedy passage of the State Security Network Operations, code-named ‘Amotekun’, as well as the State Security Trust Fund and other advisory resolutions to the executive arm.
Oluomo assured that the Assembly was irrevocably committed to ensuring the attainment of peaceful co-existence and economic prosperity, hence, it would continue to partner with civil societies, professional bodies, among others to further harness their views and submissions to curb the menace of insecurity in the State.
He added that the House was already liaising with the executive arm to secure their commitment for the speedy assent of the bills within a reasonable time.
Earlier in his presentation, Comrade Folarin applauded the leadership of the Assembly for the passage of people-oriented legislation, acknowledging that it had been working relentlessly, towards putting in place more legislation to address issues of insecurity including kidnappings and other vices.