Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has lamented the anti-open grazing law by some states in the country.
This is as the General Secretary of the association, Othman Ngelzarma, accused the state governments as being lopsided in their approach.
He spoke in an interview on Arise Tv’s The Morning Show on Thursday.
According to Ngelzarma, the interest of the cattle breeders was not sought to discuss the bill.
He said, “In most of the states, none of our members were invited to come to the public hearing and make input to the law. This law is done to affect our members 100 per cent. We are part of the critical stakeholders who are supposed to be invited to air their views and present their suggestions and that of the government of the state where they exist.
“There are processes that can be followed in making laws. Those processes are to get all the stakeholders to do a public hearing. There, you hear them and know how the law is going to solve their problems. But, has this been done in this open grazing law? It has never been done.
He added that “Their interests are supposed to be protected by the law. But, when you make a law without getting them to come and make inputs, it becomes lopsided”.
Recall that the Enugu State House of Assembly on Thursday passed an anti-open grazing bill into law.
This came a few days after Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu gave his assent to the anti-open grazing bill passed into law by the state’s House of Assembly.