By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State House of Assembly says plans are underway to legislate on animal husbandry and related activities through the enactment of an all-inclusive law on anti-open grazing in the State.
The move is to put in place measures towards stemming the incessant herders/farmers’ clashes in the state.
The Speaker, Rt, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, disclosed this during a parley with executive members of the State Coalition of Civil Societies led by its Chairman, Comrade Yinka Folarin at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Oluomo recalled that stakeholders including some Northern leaders had openly condemned the uncontrolled wandering of cattle, which had resulted in series of attacks and criminal activities associated with herdsmen/farmers’ clashes across the State, especially in the Yewa Axis.
The Speaker noted that the Assembly had equally finalized plans to engage relevant stakeholders through public hearings to put in place laws for the creation of an agency for the collection and maintenance of database for all residents in the State, thereby having verifiable details and bio-data to improve on security operations of residents across the State.
He outlined the efforts of the 9th Assembly towards addressing insecurity in the State to include, the speedy passage of the State Security Network Operations code-named Operation Amotekun, as well as the State Security Trust Funds and other advisory resolutions to the executive arm.
Oluomo assured that the Assembly was irrevocably committed towards ensuring the attainment of peaceful co-existence and economic prosperity, hence it would continue to partner with civil societies and professional bodies amongst others to further harness their views and submissions to curb the menace of insecurity in the State.
He added that the legislative arm was already liaising with the executive arm to secure their commitment for the speedy assent of the bills within a reasonable time.
Earlier in his presentation, Comrade Folarin applauded the leadership of the Assembly for the passage of people-oriented legislations, acknowledging that the Assembly had been working relentlessly towards putting in place more legislation to address issues of insecurity including kidnappings and cult clashes amongst others.