Saturday, 21 June 2014

U-Report: Imo State House Of Assembly Set To Pass Grazing Reserve Bill

Speaker Benjamin Uwajimogu


Report By Emeka Ahaneku

Worried by the alleged infiltration of the state by suspected members of the Boko Haram insurgents and incessant clashes being witnessed in our Local Communities which is occasioned by the invasion of community farm lands by the Fulani Cattle rearers, the Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu led Imo State House of Assembly is set to checkmate the activities of these Nomads through the establishment of the Imo State Grazing Reserve Development Agency law.

The bill titled, a Bill for a Law to establish the Imo State Grazing Reserve Development Agency and other matters connected thereof, is expected to among other things, tackle incidences of wanton destruction of lives, cash crops and economic trees by the cattle rearers.

 Analysts are however of the view that the bill which is set to pass its first Reading at the resumption of plenary after the House recess on September, would go a long way towards monitoring activities,encouraging peaceful Co-existence, as well as, end incessant skirmishes between Communities and the Fulani Nomads.

It would be recalled that different Communities in the State such as, Irete in Owerri West and others in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government  Areas, had in recent times, witnessed conflicts with the cattle rearers over grazing fields, a development which resulted to the death of some persons, while valuable farmlands and properties were destroyed.

The Speaker had also, prior to the introduction of this bill, led amicable resolution of the aforementioned crisis with a promise to ensure effective security of lives and properties of the people of the state against any attack.

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