- Senate may soon pass a bill seeking the establishment of a national livestock bureau
- The bill passed second reading on Tuesday, April 20, at the Senate
- If established, the bureau would ensure management, traceability, and control of the movement of livestock
A bill seeking to establish the national livestock bureau for the purpose of livestock identification, cattle rustling control, registration, and livestock disease control has passed through a second reading at the Senate.
Channels TV reports that the bill was read for the second time during the plenary at the upper chamber on Tuesday, April 20.
Legit.ng gathered that the bill which is sponsored by Senator Muhammad Enagi is aimed at sanitising the livestock industry in the country.
The bill also seeks to address the persistent farmers/herders clashes as well as cattle rustling in Nigeria.
Speaking on the bill, Senator Enagi said the proposed legislation would greatly enhance the development of the country’s livestock industry.
“Let me refresh our memory to the fact that this bill passed through the eighth Senate but unfortunately, it never went through. I want to say that the coming of this bill is timely and should be supported."
The bill was then referred to the committee on agriculture and rural development to report back within four weeks.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that six state governments said they would not donate any land to be used as grazing reserves for herdsmen under the National Livestock Transformation Programme.
It was reported that the programme is an initiative of the federal government designed to run from 2019-2028 as part of its initiative in collaboration with state governments under the auspices of the National Economic Council.
But despite the rejection of the programme, 17 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as three southern states, namely Ekiti, Ondo, and Ebonyi, have signed up for the programme.