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EDHA commences public hearing on Grazing Bill

Edo State House of Assembly has restated its readiness to abide by the decision of participants in the ongoing public hearing on the Grazing Bill.

The Speaker, Justin Okonoboh gave the assurance at the opening of the first day of the public hearing organized by the house.

The first day of the public hearing featured representatives of the state government, Christian association of Nigeria, Nigeria Bar Association and the traditional rulers.

Positing the stand of the state governor, the Solicitor General, Oluwole Iyamu who represented him distant the executive from the bill which he said was not properly drafted by experts.

He said it was unfortunate that the executive was not consulted during the process a situation which according to him brought lapses into the bill especially in the areas of not interpreting and defining most aspects of it thereby making it vague.

In his opening remark, the speaker Justin Okonoboh while welcoming the participants to the event said the purpose of the event was to give room for all stakeholders to air their view and project a common cause for a way forward to check allege nefarious activities of herdsmen.

Also speaking, the chief sponsor of the bill Bright Osayande faulted the stand of the Solicitor general emphasizing that all areas were defined properly as the essence of the bill was to protect the interest of the people of the state and wondered how another set of bill different from the original one entered into circulation.

Also speaking the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewaure the second represented by the Esogban of Benin, Chief David Edebiri said their participation was to observe not to contribute stressing that the bulk of the end issue will still land at the table of the monarch especially as it relates to land.

On their submission the Christian association of Nigeria Edo State chapter whose position was postulated by its chairman Bishop Oyennude Kure rejected the bill in his totally stressing that they will not condole any form of impunity be given to any part of the country to the detriment of others.

The chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, Benin Branch, Barrister Ede Asenoguan commended the house and the sponsors for their initiative and expressed the need for the bill to be fine-tuned to enable it capture all the relevant parts that can help put a stop to the ugly menance of herdsmen in the state.

Positions of other bodies were also accepted like that of the Nigeria Vertinary Medical Association among others.

The public hearing is expected to round off on Friday 7th July 2017.

There was also some handful of protesters at the entrance to the premises of the Edo State House of Assembly kicking against the bill.

Reported by Efosa Uwangue.

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