The Ekiti State House of Assembly have passed a bill that would make free grazing punishable by up to six months in prison.
The bill was passed on Thursday by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP dominated assembly and sent to a PDP Gov. Ayodele Fayose
Speaker of the House, Mr Kola Oluwawole, said the bill if passed into law would curb the endless clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
“if the bill is eventually accented to by the governor, it will now become crime for any cattle, sheep and goat to graze on undesignated land for ranches in Ekiti. According to the new bill tagged,” Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016″, anyone found violating the bill upon conviction shall be sentenced to six months in prison without option of fine.
“Others included, “The Governor shall by an order designates land in each of 16 Local Government Areas in the state in respect of which Cattle or Ruminants may be permitted to graze.
“The rest are No person shall cause or permit any cow, oxen, sheep as well as goat under his or her control to graze on any land in which the Governor has not designated as ranches” among others.
“The bill forbids movement of cattle by herdsmen and owners of goat in the Ekiti after 6 p.m. “No cattle or other ruminants shall by any means move in the night, movement shall be between 7 a.m and 6p.m,” Oluwawole read out.
Ekiti is the first state to pass such legislation.