A Bill for an Act to prohibit open grazing in Taraba State titled, “Anti open grazing and ranching establishment bill 2017” yesterday passed through second reading in the State House of Assembly.
Leading debate on the general principles of the bill, Majority Leader Hon. Joseph Albasu Kunini and other honourable members commended Governor Darius Ishaku for coming out with the Executive bill.
According to them, the bill when passed and signed into law will help solve the incessant herdsmen/farmers clashes as well as check the activities of cattle rustlers in the State.
In his contribution, member representing Ussa Constituency, Hon. Habila Timothy Anderifun said when passed, the bill will link the State to the global standard of cattle rearing.
“The best practice the world over is ranching. I was in Kenya recently with the speaker on a State delegation and we studied their ranching system where herders and farmers are coexisting peacefully.
“We need to pass this bill to address the frequent clashes associated with grazing in our State. With the progress this bill has made today, I can now sleep with my two eyes close,” he said.
Speaker, Abel Peter Diah in his remarks thanked members for their honest contributions to the bill and announced a seven member committee to organise public hearing across the three Senatorial Zones of the State.
The committee which has three weeks to submit its report is headed by Hon. Mark Useni as Chairman, Ibrahim Nahawe, Charles Maijankai, Gambo Mubarak, Douglas Ndatse, Muhammed Abdulkarim and John Kizito Bonzena as members.
Our correspondent reports that Governor Darius Ishaku had two weeks ago sent the executive bill to prohibit open grazing to the State House of Assembly to curb herders/farmers clashes and cattle rustling in the State.