By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—Edo State House of Assembly has commenced debate on the bill for a law establishing Grazing Control Agency, to check the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the state.
The bill, sponsored by the lawmaker representing Ovia North East constituency II, Mr Bright Osayande, elicited condemnation of the activities of herdsmen in the state by the lawmakers, who lamented low output in food production across the state due to the activities of herdsmen.
Majority Leader of the House, Folly Ogedegbe, Deputy Speaker of the House, Elizabeth Ativie, Crosby Eribo, Gani Audi and other lawmakers stressed the need for the speedy passage of the bill into law so as to save the lives of farmers.
In his contribution, Ezehi Igbass (Esan North East constituency 11), said: “We have a business man who came in from abroad to invest in agriculture in Edo State. He brought his entire family and he got a parcel of land on Sapele Road, brought in equipment but after a while, the Fulani herdsmen invaded his farm and destroyed all he had. Today, the man has gone back to Europe.”