We need one month to take our stand – Miyetti Allah - Enugu anti-open grazing bill
Fulani herders under the umbrella of Miyetti Allah Hor and Gan-Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, GAFDAN, on Tuesday asked for a period of one month to make submissions on the open grazing prohibition bill currently before the Enugu State House of Assembly.
Press reports that the State Assembly held a public hearing on the proposed law to prohibit open rearing of cattle in the State.
Several stakeholders made presentations endorsing the bill which they described as long over due.
However, when it was the turn of the Fulani herders, the Miyetti Allah Hor and Gan-Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, GAFDAN, asked the Enugu State House of Assembly to give them more time to make their input.
Head of Miyetti Allah in the South East, Alhaji Gidado Idris and Zonal Chairman, Musa Abdulahi, respectively, asked the Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture, Ethics and Priveledges, etc during the public hearing on the Law to Prohibit Open Grazing and Regulate Cattle Ranching, to give them one month to go and deliberate on the bill.
The duo said they needed more time to inform their people on the new development.
“Honourable chairman, we are requesting that let thirty days (30 days) be given to us so that the elders and members of Gan-Allah Development Association of Nigeria, DAFDAN, be briefed about this development.
“It is of very important for our members and elders to be aware of this development in order to avoid some doubts or misconception that, the government of Enugu State has given huge amount of money and we fail to communicate or inform them about the new development,” the herders said.
The development is coming few hours to the deadline imposed by the Southern Governors for the open grazing of cattle.
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