The honourable member representing Ethiope East State Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Chief Evance Ochuko Ivwurie, has hailed the Delta State Nomadic Cattle Rearing Control Bill which successfully scaled through its second reading on January 25, 2017.
Hon. Ivwurie who is a co-sponsor of the bill, urged other distinguished colleagues in the hallowed chamber to support and ensure that this laudable bill is passed for the protection of life and properties of Deltans in order not to hinder the plan to diversify our economy.
In a Facebook Post by his Media Aide, Christopher Odamah, the lawmaker in a quote said “I have risen this day to lend my voice on behalf of the good, wonderful and amiable people of Ethiope East State Constituency, I consider today plenary as one of the greatest day with no doubt in my mind that both the public and private sectors; children, women and men of the state will be very happy that at last if this bill is pass into law will protect the life and properties of Deltans”.
“The business of herdsmen is a very sensitive business. Our children, women and men have been killed; our daughters and sisters been raped which has been a very sad stories and experiences from one local government to another in the state and as the only institution that have been elected to protect life and properties, it is only this hallowed chamber that can give the kind of protection Deltans are yearning for,” he said.
Mr. Speaker and my amiable colleagues, Hon. Ivwirue said “This bill states that in Part 1, No. 2: Not withstanding any other laws for the timely enforced in the state, there shall be no grazing area in the state unless prescribed by the Administrative Committee.” He added that these herdsmen are grazing directly at our backyards, they are grazing in front of us even in the most lawless manner, they can take anything for granted, they have no respect for lives. Our crops, plantain, cassava are being destroyed in less than five minutes and no one is to be apprehended and the business of cattle rearing must be controlled for the fear of security challenges.
In the opening debate by the Lead Sponsor of the bill, Hon. Barr. (Comr.) Izeze Rume Yakubu Rueben, he noted that the bill seek to regulate the activities of genuine herdsmen and cattle rearing business in Delta State.
The Bill which has 23 Honourable members of the hallowed chamber as its sponsors, was warmly supported and committed to the House Committee on Agriculture which has Hon. Chief Evance Ivwurie as Chairman, for further inputs.