Critical Times News : Crisis looms in Imo as group threatens State Assembly over move to pass cattle ranching bill into law

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Crisis looms in Imo as group threatens State Assembly over move to pass cattle ranching bill into law


Last Monday debate by Imo House of Assembly to pass into law the grazing bill is already causing tension as Ogbako Owerri, a socio-political and cultural organization has vowed to resist the enactment of such law in the State.

Chief Charles Emezi, a Chieftain of the group while briefing The AUTHORITY in Owerri on Tuesday revealed that his organization is mobilizing seriously to ensure that the bill did not see the light of the day.

Emezi advised the State Assembly to jettison their plans of passing the bill into law, assuring of their plans to make the state ungovernable if they erroneously passed the bill into law.

It will be recalled that Hon. Lugard Osuji representing Owerri Municipal Council as well as the Majority leader of the State Assembly had last Monday on the floor of the House presented “bill for a law to prohibit open rearing and grazing of livestock and provide for their establishment of ranches and livestock administration, regulation and control, for other matters connected there with”. 

Since its pronouncement, the bill has attracted several reactions, causing a lot of ripples and majority of Imo citizens are casting aspersion on the State law makers alleging that the Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, is sponsoring the bill through the majority leader so as to be at peace with President Muhammadu Buhari who is allegedly said to be against the Governor’s recent move to impeach his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere.

Moreso, this is worrisome, as the bill is coming barely few days the South East Governors met in Enugu and unanimously resolved to oppose provision of grazing field or land for the Fulani herdsmen in any part of the geo-political region.

The Ogbako Owerri advised Governor Okorocha to respect the collective resolution of the South East Governors as well as Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the rejection of the grazing bill.

It is pertinent to note that, apart from the bill for the establishment of ranches and livestock administration, regulation and control and other matters connected there with, which inadvertently seeks to rubbish the state law 2004 which prohibits random movements and grazing of cattle already in existence, Okorocha has through the majority leader, Hon. Lugard Osuji presented another bill for a law to provide for the safety of workers in construction and allied industries in Imo State and for connected purposes.

Other executive bills being sponsored by the Governor and presented by the majority leader include the bill for a law to provide for the establishment of Imo Revenue Optimization Company Limited to aid transfer of certain state owned revenue generating assets to it and make provisions for other matters relating thereto.

Political pundits and commentators in the State like Dr. Chuks Osuji have described the bills as self serving and unnecessary diversionary gimmicks.

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