Following the decision reached at the Southern Governors’ Forum last August, setting September as the deadline to pass the anti-grazing bill into law across all member States, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, September 20, 2021, signed the anti-grazing bill into law.
This was after it has been unanimously agreed upon by the State House of Assembly and assented to by the Executive arm of the State government.
Although, farmers-herders crisis is not a common sight in Lagos, the new law emphasizes the prohibition of Open Cattle Grazing and Trespass of Cattle on Lands, within State.
It has therefore, became an offense in Lagos State, for herds of cattle to stray on streets, or occupy unapproved public and private spaces.
Sanwo-Olu, who signed the bill into law, 11 days after it was unanimously agreed upon, appended his signature during the State’s Executive Council meeting, at his Alausa office.
He has directed the security agencies in the State to start enforcing the law immediately.
The Governor said,
“By the powers vested in me as the Governor of Lagos State, I am signing the bill on Open Cattle Grazing and Trespass of Cattle on Land into law to prohibit issues associated with open grazing of livestock.”
Recall that, farmers-herders crises, is a common occurrence in other states of the federation, as a result of, no law restrictions on cattle grazing before now.