The Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has stopped the movement of cattle on foot in the state, beginning in September. This is coming as part of concerted efforts to comply with the 2021 Anti-open grazing law of the state.
Soludo announced this at a meeting with members of the Anambra State Cattle Menace Committee held at the Government House, Awka, this past weekend.
Previously, the former governor of the state, Willie Obiano, had agreed to the Cattle and Other Livestock Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill of Anambra State to ban the practice.
Nonetheless, the law had failed to curtail herdsmen who had persisted in traversing about in the state with their cattle.
This had prompted Soludo to promise that his administration would begin to complete the implementation of the law by September.
“Though the law has been in existence since almost one year ago, cattle rearers keep parading certain areas in the state in contravention to the law”, he said.
The Governor had additionally said that the implementation would be based on the need to keep up with the initiatives put in place to encourage afforestation in the state.