Eleven days after the House of Assembly passed the bill prohibiting open grazing of cattle in Lagos, the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday has signed it into law.
This is just as Sanwo-Olu has said the state aims to vaccinate 30 per cent of its population within one year.
Also, in order to ensure the safety of citizens of the state, the governor yesterday told the Chief of Army Staff that because of the strategic position of Lagos in the country, the security of the city state must be of priority to security agencies in the country.
With the signing of the anti-open grazing law, it is now criminal in Lagos for herdsmen to occupy unapproved public areas and private land with their livestock for grazing.
The law also prohibits the act of moving cattle round public places by herders.
The signing of the anti-open grazing law by the governor followed the decision of Southern Governors’ Forum last August, setting the September deadline to pass the law across member states.
There had been killings and conflicts witnessed in some states, allegedly from the open grazing of cattle in some states in the country. Although farmer-herder crisis is not pronounced in Lagos, the anti-open grazing law is expected to prevent the spillover of the menace into the state.
Sanwo-Olu, who assented to the bill during the state’s Executive Council meeting in Alausa, directed the security agencies to swing immediately into action and enforce provisions of the law.
He said: “By the powers vested in me as the Governor of Lagos State, I am signing the bill on Open Cattle Grazing and Trespass of Cattle on Land into law to prohibit issues associated with open grazing of livestock.”
The Governor also signed legislation transforming the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) into a full-blown agency.
The development coincided with the commemorative month dedicated to raising awareness on gender-based violence in the state.
The governor and members of the state’s cabinet wore attire with purple shades to support the campaign against sexual violence.
The DSVRT legislation provides for the establishment of Sexual Offenders’ Register that would help the State efficiently tackle violations in the communities.
After signing the law, Sanwo-Olu said: “Raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence is an important piece of working to end the cycle of violence. It is important to reiterate the State Government’s zero tolerance to all forms of sexual and gender-based violence. We will not rest on our oars until the menace is reduced to the barest minimum in Lagos.”
The Governor appointed Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi as the Executive Secretary of the new agency.
Vivour-Adeniyi was the coordinator of the response team before the legislation was signed into law.