After Ekiti State Anti-Grazing law was put into action, Abia state has followed suit by proposing the Anti-Grazing bill in the state law to prohibit cattle rearers from grazing their cow in public places.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr Cosmos Ndukwe, told a news conference at the assembly complex in Umuahia on Wednesday that the bill was initiated in response to public demand for a legislation to arrest the phenomenon of Fulani herdsman with gun in the state.
He said the bill, entitled: HAB 36-Control of Nomadic Activities, Rearing and Prohibition of Grazing Routes/Reserves in Abia State Bill 2016,” had passed its first reading. Ndukwe added that the absence of anti-grazing law had made it difficult to prosecute herdsmen, who allegedly fomented violence and destruction of farmlands in different parts of the state.
The deputy speaker said that the House passed a resolution on Tuesday
ordering the immediate retirement of Mrs Uzoma Ukeje, a Chief
Magistrate in the Osisioma Magisterial Division. He said Ukeje, who
was due for retirement in Dec. 2015, having attained the retirement
age of 60, was still in service. Ndukwe said the House Committee on
Public Petition, which investigated the petition against her, indicted
her for violating the law on retirement.
He said that following the recommendation of the House, Gov. Okezie
Ikpeazu directed her to proceed on retirement without further delay.
Ndukwe said that the governor had also, in line with the
recommendation of the House, dissolved the board of the State Judicial
Service Commission, following the expiration of its tenure. The deputy
speaker, who is the Chairman of House Committee on Information, said
that nine bills would soon be passed, adding that some of them had
passed first and second readings.