Henceforth, it has become an offence for cows to be grazed openly in Ondo State.
This follows the signing into law the legal instrument for that purpose by Governor Rotimii Akeredolu, on Tuesday, in Akure.
Akeredolu becomes the first among the 17 governors from Southern Nigeria that agreed on a wholesome ban of open grazing in April.
The decision by the Southern Governors Forum at its last meeting, held in Lagos, which has sparked off a lot of reactions across the country, came a few weeks after the bill was passed by the State House of Assembly.
With the development, Ondo has become one of the states in the South that has passed and signed the bill into law, meeting the deadline of the Southern Governors’ Forum.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo stated: “The move ( signing the bill) is in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum at its last meeting in Lagos where September 1st was set as the deadline for governors in southern Nigeria to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.
“This is worthwhile and a very laudable development aimed at stemming needless instances of skirmishes, conflicts as well as infractions on the enviably peaceful disposition of the good people of Ondo State.
“It is very pertinent to aver and indeed, reiterate that the law shall rather, engender a more cordial, mutually benefiting relationship amongst residents of the state irrespective of ethnicity, religion or creed. For emphasis, no particular group of persons is the target.
“While it is the hope of government that all residents would take an ample advantage of this Law to enhance our socio-economic well being in Ondo State, compliance of same shall be given the utmost attentionovernment shall pursue with vigour, through lawful means, to ensure strict compliance.
“In this regard, details of the new law shall be made available to the public for proper information, more depth of understanding on contents as well as other relevant areas.”