AWKA—The Abia State House of Assembly said the house would soon pass into law, the anti open grazing bill before it.
DEPUTY Speaker and the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Rt. Hon.Cosmos Ndukwe made this known while interacting with journalists at the assembly complex in Umuahia.
According to him, “the house was mindful of the fact that the farming season was almost around the corner and the farmers needed some security as they go into farming season, hence the need for accelerated passage of the bill into law to curtail the occasional clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state.”
On the delayed passage of 2018 appropriation bill by the State House of Assembly, the Deputy Speaker said the committee has done its duty by extending invitation to the MDAs to defend their budget proposals, adding that the house would not approve any money for any MDAs if the purpose of such money could not be defended.
He pointed out that by the end of this week, the house will go ahead to pass the appropriation bill into law for only those MDAs who were able to defend their budget proposals.
‘Very soon, we will pass the anti grazing bill before us. You can see the clashes between farmers and herdsmen, so we will ensure accelerated passage of the bill to curtail the occasional clashes between farmers and herders’.
“Also on the delayed passage of 2018 appropriation bill, the committee has done their work well by ensuring all the MDA’s in the state defend their budget proposal,” he said.