Lagos prohibits Open Cattle Grazing as Sanwo-Olu signs bill into law

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Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assented into law the bill prohibiting Open Cattle Grazing and Trespass of Cattle on Land.

The Governor signed the bill days after the legislation was transmitted to the Executive arm for authorization by the State House of Assembly. 

It is now criminal in Lagos for cattle rearers to occupy unapproved public areas and private land with their livestock for grazing, just as it is against the new law for any herder to move cattle around public places.

The signing of the Anti-Open Grazing Law by Governor Sanwo-Olu followed the decision of the Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF) last August, setting the September deadline to pass the law across member states to address crises being witnessed in some states, resulting from alleged open grazing.

Although the farmer-herder crisis is not pronounced in Lagos, the Anti-Open Grazing Law is expected to prevent the spillover of the menace into the state.

The governor equally signed legislation transforming the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) into a full-blown agency.

Speaking after signing of the bill, Governor Sanwo-Olu said raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence was a positive way to end the cycle of violence.

The governor appointed Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi as the Executive Secretary of the new agency.

Sanwo-Olu gave his assent to the two bills during the State’s Executive Council meeting in the State House, Alausa, Ikeja.

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