ISESELE EZEKIEL, Benin
Edo State House of Assembly has bowed to pressure to kill the bill seeking to establish agency for nomadic cattle rearing and grazing in the state
The executive arm of government, religious bodies, civil society, non-governmental organizations and other professional groups vehemently opposed the bill which had passed through second reading during the two-day public hearing organised by the State House of Assembly
But the House formally discontinued with the bill on Wednesday after considering the findings and recommendation of the report on the bill at a Committee of the Whole presided over by the Speaker, Justin Okonoboh.
Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Henry Okhuareobo , representing Ikpoba Okha constituency, said 54 oral and written petitions against the bill were received by the committee which came up with 12 findings and one recommendation Among its findings, the committee said ranches should be the exclusive right of the indigenous people, that land should only be acquired by the state government only on public interest adding that larger per cent of Edo people rejected the bill
It is, therefore, recommended that further consideration of the bill should be discontinued.
On his part, the Speaker Okonoboh, said the House resolved to put the bill on due course to find solution to cure the incidents of rampant killings and rape currently being perpetrated against the people of the state by Fulani herdsmen
Meanwhile, the State House of Assembly has adjourned sitting till August 14 to enable members attend to official files and perform their oversight functions.