At the Government House in Enugu, another Southern governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, signed the anti-open grazing bill into law.
According to the Metro Times, the law was passed in accordance with the decision of the 17 Southern Governors.
The governors made the decision in reaction to public uproar over the operations of armed herders in a number of localities.
The Enugu State House of Assembly has enacted a bill signed by Governor Ugwuanyi that prohibits open grazing, regulates cattle ranching, and for other related purposes.
After the governor’s assent, the bill will be referred to as the “Prohibition of Open Grazing and Cattle Ranching Law of Enugu State,” according to the House Leader, Rt. Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu.
With Gov. Ugwuanyi’s signature on this bill, the state’s security and peace are likely to improve.
Ugwuanyi’s action comes after the measure was enacted by several other states in southern Nigeria.
The governors of Lagos State set a September deadline for the open-grazing prohibition at their most recent meeting.
The bill had been passed by the Ondo State House of Assembly before to the meeting, and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who has been in the forefront, quickly signed it into law.
Rivers State House of Assembly also passed the bill mid-August, expressing certainty that it would put an end to the prolonged crisis emanating from open rearing of cattle.
The bill is currently being debated in the Delta, Cross River, and Ekiti State Houses of Assembly, according to Metro Times.
Governments in certain Southeast states, like Abia and Ebonyi, claim to have similar laws in place.
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo has stated that the state is monitoring the situation, while also stating that herders and host communities in the state coexist peacefully.
Meanwhile, the Southern Governors’ meeting will continue tomorrow, Thursday, in Enugu, with the open-grazing prohibition set to be one of the topics discussed.