June 11, 2024

We didn’t repeal Benue grazing law – State Assembly clarifies

….says passed 18 bills, deliberated on 52 motions, adopted 95 major Resolutions
in first year

By Peter Duru, Makurdi

The Benue State House of Assembly has denied claims that it has repealed the Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of 2017.

The House maintained that the allegation was not only mischievous but intended to mislead Benue people who own the law.

The Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Saater Tiseer who made the clarification Tuesday during a media briefing to mark the end of the first legislative session of the 10th Assembly, explained that the House rather took steps to fortify the law.

According to him, “the law prohibiting open grazing is a law of the Benue people and during our public hearing the people of Benue told us clearly that the anti open grazing law must not be repealed.

“So there is no truth to the claim that we repealed the Benue grazing law. What we did was to bring all the state security outfits under one coordinating body that is known as the Civil Protection Guards, CPG.

“Therefore the section of the grazing law which provided for Live Stock Guards to enforce the law was repealed and replaced with the Civil Protection Guards Law under the Benue State Civil Protection Guards (Establishment) Bill, 2024 which has been passed.

“The new Guards under which all the security outfits including Live Stock Guards, Community Volunteer Guards and others will collapse into will be properly coordinated to ensure strict enforcement of the grazing law and also complement the activities of the conventional security organisations in the state.”

The Majority Leader appealed to Benue people to discontinuance such false stories which he claimed where coming from people who did not mean well for the state government.

Also, the Chairman, House Standing Committee on Information, Mr. Elias Audu noted that “the Civil Protection Guards Establishment Bill is a Legislative intervention to end the incessant killings and mindless displacement of our people from their ancestral homes by marauding herdsmen and the general insecurity in parts of the State so that our farmers can go back to work and produce enough crops to feed the State as well as improve their socio-economic conditions.”

On the successes recorded by the Assembly within its first year, Mr. Audu stated that the Assembly during the period passed 18 out of 27 bills presented on the floor of the House.

He explained that the House also received 20 reports, out of which 17 of them had been conclusively debated. “Similarly, the House received and deliberated on 52 substantive motions and adopted 95 major Resolutions during the period.

“The House also received nine major Executive Communications including request to confirm 17 nominees as Commissioners in the State Executive Council, 23 nominees for appointment as Chairmen, Local Government Caretaker Committees and to approve the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, (2024 – 2026).”

He said the House also passing some landmark legislation which included, A Bill for A Law to Prohibit Harassment and Extortion of Money from Investors, Developers and Businessmen in Benue State (Popularly called Marching Ground) and for Purposes Connected Therewith, 2023, and A Bill for A Law to Provide for the Retirement Age and Enhanced Renumeration of Magistrates and Legal Officers in the Ministry of Justice and  for Purposes Connected Therewith, 2024.”

He also named the Bill for a Law to Repeal the Maintenance of Former Elected Governors of Benue State and Their Deputies Law, 2023; The Benue State Civil Protection Guards (Establishment) Bill, 2024 and The Benue State Youth Development Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2024 as some of the remarkable achievements of the House.