Bayelsa has enacted a law prohibiting the open grazing of livestock in the state.
Governor Douye Diri assented to the Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Law 2021 at the Executive Chamber of Government House in Yenagoa.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the Governor as saying the essence of the law is to ensure harmonious living between cattle dealers and other inhabitants of the state.
His words: “Bayelsa State welcomes all and sundry to eke out a living legitimately. The people of Bayelsa want to have a mutual and harmonious relationship with non-natives and natives.
Fulani herdsmen found with arms should be arrested
“The essence of the law is to avert and forestall any clash between Fulani herdsmen, farmers, natives and non-natives as experienced in some states.”
The law, according to him, stipulates that any herdsman found with arms, whether licenced or not, should be arrested.
He also stated that the law establishes a livestock management committee to regulate livestock activities in the state.
Members of the committee include the Commissioner for Agriculture, security agencies, youths and others.
The law prohibits the movement of cattle on foot from other parts of the country into the state, inspection of livestock and certification by veterinary doctors at entry points into the state among others.
Diri said by assenting to the law any person found engaging in open grazing of livestock on foot commits an offence and would be arrested and prosecuted with the livestock impounded.
The Governor also signed into law the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law 2021.
He explained that the law was to prevent certain harmful practices against women and children.
He said with its enactment, Bayelsa has domesticated the federal law, which had been in existence.