Senate considers bill to establish ranch commission

A bill to establish the National Animal Husbandry and Ranches Commission on Wednesday, June 5, passed its second reading after a heated debate.

The bill sponsored by Senator Titus Tartenger Zam (APC, Benue North West) is aimed at resolving the issue of herder/farmer clashes in the country and it is expected that the National Animal Husbandry and Ranches Commission will ensure management, preservation, and control of ranches throughout Nigeria.

Senators Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central) and Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central) however kicked against the bill. According to them, cattle rearing and ranching activities are more in the North than in other parts of the country, and the lawmaking should be for the benefit of the entire country, not for a section of it.

Goje specifically noted that cattle routes begin from the far north and ends in Lokoja as “the route does not extend to the South.”

Senator Hussein Babangida Uba (Jigawa North-West), also called for caution in passing the bill, given its trail of controversies in the past.

However, other Senators called for the passage of the bill since the proposed Commission would manage the issue of farmers/herders crisis in the country.

The bill was passed after it was put to voice vote by Senate President, Godswill Akpabio. It was then referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Judiciary and Legal Matters to be reverted to the committee of whole in four weeks.

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