NASS Cannot Ban Open Grazing In Nigeria – Basiru

Following the call for ban on open grazing across the country, it has been disclosed that the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan,  has rejected a bill seeking to ban open grazing in Nigeria.

According to reports, the bill sponsored by the lawmaker representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Kola Balogun, had not been listed for first reading since he presented it to the Senate Committee on Rules and Business in January this year.

Findings revealed that a member of the committee said, “We usually list new bills and motions for presentation and seek approval from the Senate leadership. We had since listed this particular one on open grazing when it was submitted to us, but it was rejected by the Senate leadership; so, we have to drop it while we expect the sponsor to hold further talks with the Senate President.”

It was disclosed that  Senator Balogun had expressed concern over the continued delay in the listing of the bill, adding that the bill was aimed at tackling insecurity in the country by eliminating farmers/herders clashes.

It was also reported that  the spokesperson for the Senate, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, has stated that the anti-grazing bill was not consistent with the powers of the National Assembly, adding that the federal parliament could not legislate on land use matters because it remained the exclusive preserve of the state governments, going by the provisions of the Land Use Act.

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