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Cross River State Anti-Grazing Bill passes second reading

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A bill seeking to prohibit open rearing and grazing of livestock and provide for the establishment of ranches and livestock and grazing management, regulation and control has scaled through second reading in the Cross River House of Assembly.

Sponsor of the bill, Hon. Elvert Ayambem, Member representing Ikom II State Constituency, said on Wednesday during plenary that the bill seeks to promote modern techniques of animal husbandry.

Ayambem said that the bill also seeks to manage the environmental impact of open grazing and protect the environment from degradation and pollution caused by open rearing and grazing of livestock.

According to him, the bill would also prevent the destruction of farms, crops, ponds, settlements and properties caused by open rearing and grazing of livestock.

“One of the objectives of this bill is that it will prevent killings, s3.xual molestation and clashes between herders and farmers or their host communities caused by open rearing and grazing of livestock.

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“This bill will also regulate and support the growth of livestock framing, promote the production of high and healthy breeds of livestock, and also promote investment opportunities and expand the value chain in livestock farming,” Ayambem said.

In an interview after plenary, the Lawmaker said that if passed into law, the Cross River State Ministry of Agriculture shall ensure that a veterinary doctor is sent at least once a month to every ranch to conduct a check on the livestock for quarantine or bio-security measures.

Ayambem noted that every owner or manager of a ranch shall ensure that he complies with every veterinary check on the livestock for quarantine or bio-security measures.

“If this bill is successfully passed into law, no person shall engage in open nomadic livestock herding or grazing in the state except within the confines of ranch approved under this law.

“A persons who contravenes the provision of sub secretion (1) of this section, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to confinement in a Correctional Centre for a term of five years or a fine of N10million or both.

“In a case of damage to a farm, crops, property or accident in the state, the owner or manager of the livestock shall, after evaluation of the damage, pay the prevailing value of monetary compensation of the damaged farms, crops or property to the owner of the farm,” he said.

In their separate contributions, lawmakers commended the sponsor for initiating the bill, which they said will help to reduce the conflict between farmers and herders in the state.

On his part, Rt. Hon. Eteng Jonah Williams, Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, described the bill as the ‘most outstanding’ bill so far to be sponsored by a lawmaker in the 9th assembly.

He said that the bill captured the modern-day style of ranching, thereby asking members of the house to give it the needed support it deserves.

The Speaker, therefore, referred the bill to the House Committee on Lands and Agriculture with a mandate to the committee to submit their report within three weeks to the House for further deliberations on the bill.

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Dark horses trying to destroy APC, says Patriotic Association

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A group, Zamfara State Patriotic Association, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and elders of the All progressives Congress (APC) to save the party from the hands of some dark horses.

On Wednesday, the chairman of the group, Ibrahim Nabature, made the call while addressing a press conference in Gusau, Zamfara.

“There are some dark horses trying to destroy the party before the 2023 general elections if things do not go their way,” said Mr Nabature.

He further stated that the group had observed with dismay that some governors were bent on destroying APC, citing the crisis rocking the party in several states after their congresses as attempts to destroy the party.

The group’s chairman appealed to Mr Buhari and party elders to intervene and rescue the party.

“Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, a foundation member of the APC, had at no time ever discussed or thought of leaving the party without the knowledge of his true supporters across the country,” he said.

Mr Nabature explained that Mr Yari’s faction of the APC was in court challenging the dissolution of the Lawal M. Liman-led caretaker committee in Zamfara.

“Therefore, he cannot abandon the party he helped to build for newcomers. It is the handwork of some forces who were his friends now turned enemies,” he added. “Yari had done so much for Zamfara and the APC in the state and at the national level.”

He fingered some governors, who he described as agents of destruction working to strangulate the party before the 2023 elections due to their selfish reasons.

The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee had dissolved the party executives shortly after Governor Bello Matawalle defected to the APC on June 29. 

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BREAKING: Once again, Court shifts IPOB leader, Kanu’s, trial to Jan 18, 2022

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Against speculations that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu may be granted bail today, or removed from the custody of the DSS, his trial has again been shifted to January 18, 2022.

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Retire us in 2023 if you are tired of our faces — Lawan tells Nigerians

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He said scrapping the Senate would be a huge mistake.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has warned that there could be anarchy if the Senate is scrapped as being clamoured by some Nigerians.

Rather, he challenged those who are not comfortable with the senators in the current 9 th Senate to vote them out in 2023 if they don’ t like their faces.


Lawan stated this on Friday while declaring open, a retreat for top management staff of the National Assembly and National Assembly Service Commission in Abuja.

He described the Senate as a leveler which ensured that all parts of the country are equally represented unlike the House of Representatives where states with higher populations produce the highest number of lawmakers.

The Senate President also faulted the argument of those clamouring for the scrapping of the Senate because of the perceived jumbo pay being earned by the senators.

He said the annual budget of the National Assembly is less than one per cent of the nation’s 2021 budget.


Meanwhile, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said Nigeria’s house of assembly is full of rubbers who lack the courage to discharge its “constitutional checks and balance role over the executive arm of government.”

Wike who made the statement during the occasion of the 61st Independence Anniversary of Nigeria in Port Harcourt on Friday, said for the past six years, the country’s democracy was being weakened and put to enormous stress and jeopardy with the continuous violation of the constitution by the Federal Government and other public institutions.

The governor said: “With democracy, Nigerians expected strong national institutions, the bureaucracy, the security institutions and the Independent National Electoral Commission to be loyal only to the constitution, the law and the people.

“But today, after 61 years of independence and 22 years of unbroken democracy, it only seems there’s not much to be excited about Nigeria except our national sense of independence and unity that had endured this long in the face of sustained fartricidal assaults to its existence.

“Let us make a candid assessment of the situation of our country, especially in the last six years, and tell ourselves some hard, undiluted truths. First of all, we cannot deny that most of the countries that started with us 61 years ago are far more advanced and developed with superlative standards of living for their people than Nigeria.

“Our democracy is being weakened and put to enormous stress and jeopardy with the continuous violation of our constitution by the Federal Government and other public institutions.

“The National Assembly has literarily abandoned its constitutional checks and balance role over the executive arm of government and become a slavish appendage to the Federal Government as rubber stamp Assembly.

“Neither is the situation and postures of the nation’s judiciary any better, where only a few judicial officers can stand the test of judicial courage, integrity and commitment to substantial justice in the performance of their constitutional responsibilities, while the entire judiciary, especially at the national level, has been bullied to nervousness to the detriment of our democracy, the rule of law and social justice.”

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