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Oyo passes anti-open grazing bill



The Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the state’s anti-open grazing bill, which it said is meant to foster peace and agricultural business in the state.

According to the lawmakers, the bill was also intended to end loss of lives and constant clashes between herders and farmers.

The Speaker of the House, Adebo Ogundoyin, called on residents of the state to ignore falsehoods and misconceptions about the bill.

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“We assured the people that all suggestions and memoranda of understanding submitted by various groups, agencies and representatives of different communities and tribes on the bill were looked into before it was passed,” the speaker said.

Ogundoyin also maintained that the Assembly through the bill was only seeking a legal framework to address open rearing and grazing, as well as encourage and protect the economic activities of others who were into agricultural-related ventures.

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