By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the bill to regulate animal grazing and the establishment of cattle ranches in designated grazing areas in the state.
The sponsor of the bill, Mr Ganiyu Oyedeji (Ifo 11) read the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry during plenary in Abeokuta.
Oyedeji moved the motion for the adoption of the report, seconded by Sola Adams (Ijebu East) and supported by the whole House.
Part of a section of the bill prescribed a jail term of not less than three years without the option of fine including the forfeiture of the herds of cattle or livestock under his/her control to the state government except within the permitted ranches.
The majority leader, Mr Yusuf Sherif (Ado Odo Ota 1) moved the motion for the third reading of the bill, seconded by Wahab Haruna (Yewa North 11).
The Clerk of the House, Mr. Deji Adeyemo, thereafter, read the bill for the third time.
The Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo ordered that the clean copy of the bill be forwarded to Gov. Dapo Abiodun for his assent.
Also during the plenary, the Speaker announced Mrs Funmilayo Adeyemi as the substantive Deputy Clerk of the House.
Adeyemi, a lawyer, was until her elevation, the Director of Legal Services/Director of Table at the House Assembly.