OrderPaperToday – The open grazing bill and two others scaled through second reading during plenary on the floor of River State House of Assembly​ on Wednesday 4th August, 2021.

House Leader, Mr. Martin Chike Amaewhule (PDP, Obio/Akpor Constituency 1) led the debate at the second reading of the three bills which are: Rivers State Public Prohibition of Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestock and Ranches Administration Bill, 2021; Rivers State Child’s Right law Amendment bill, 2021; and Renaming of Produce House, Waterlines House, Old Aba Road, Liberation Stadium, Elekahia Road and Judges Quarters bill 2021

The Rivers State Public Prohibition of Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestock and Ranches Administration Bill, 2021 seeks to outlaw the open rearing and grazing of livestock and provides for the establishment State and Local Government Committees for the effective administration of ranches across the state.​

The Rivers State Child’s Right law ( Amendment) Bill, 2021 seeks to amend relevant sections of the principal law to clear existing ambiguities and provide greater efficacy to the principal law.

The third bill seeks to give legal backing to the renaming of some important public infrastructure after some prominent personalities in the state.​

Speaking during the debate on the above-mentioned bills, Mr. Amaewhule stated that the bills were intended to protect and promote the interest of Rivers people including those who live and do business in the state.

He stated that the bills will also ensure a healthy business environment for all, protect the rights of children and as well give honour to deserving elder statesmen in the state.

Recall that earlier this year despite concerns regarding breach of the Nigerian Constitution, the Senate passed for second reading the livestock Bill which seeks to establish a National Livestock Bureau.

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