Ado-Ekiti-Ekiti State House of Assembly yesterday prescribed six months jail term for herdsmen who allow his cattle, sheep and goat to graze on undesignated land for ranches in Ekiti.The bill which was passed unanimously at the plenary sitting of the Assembly, seek to regulate public grazing in the state.
The Speaker of the House, Mr Kola Oluwawole, said the bill would now reduce the frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
Oluwawole said “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 also forbids movement of cattle by herdsmen and owners of goat in the Ekiti after 6 p.m.