The Oyo State House of Assembly is set to pass into law the Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill, before the end of October.
The bill is a move by the state government to curb the insecurity challenges posed by farmers/herders clashes brewing in the rural areas.
Speaker of the Oyo State Assembly, Mr. Adebo Ogundoyin disclosed this during a meeting themed, “Promoting Enduring Democratic Culture through Stewardship by Elected Public Officials,” held in Eruwa, Oyo state and organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).
Ogundoyin said, “The bill, when passed into law, will address the crisis between farmers and the herdsmen, and other insecurity matters, especially in the rural areas without violating the rights of any ethnic group.”
He affirmed that plans are underway to reconstruct the Eruwa dam next, adding that it will serve as an irrigation source for the N4.6 billion farm settlement in the town.
He said, “Without water, farm settlement cannot be achieved, while the primary healthcare sector will also be renovated.”
On his part, Oyo State Director of NOA, Mrs. Dolapo Dosunmu noted that the meeting was aimed at establishing the culture of dialogue and strengthening the relationship between the people and their representatives.
She said, “The town hall meeting is to provide a platform where an elected official will have the opportunity to give feedback to his constituents on his legislative activities.”
In his remarks, the Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola, urged the indigenes of Eruwa to continue praying for the speaker, adding that his success in the office was their gain.