Enugu House passes anti-open grazing bill

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APC members protest against exclusion of Nwoye, others from South East meeting


The Enugu State House of Assembly, yesterday, passed the Enugu State Prohibition of Open Grazing and Regulated Cattle Ranching and Connected Purposes Bill into law, after receiving report on the public hearing by the joint committee of the House.

Speaker of the House, Edward Ubosi, who spoke with journalists shortly after the passage of the bill, thanked the sponsors, noting that Enugu people have been clamouring for the law for a long time.

He expressed hope that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi would sign the bill into law without delay, insisting that the law was not against anybody or group, but for the people of the state and others that live in the state.

BESIDES, some aggrieved members of the Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, protested against the non-invitation of the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye and other chieftains of the party from the South East meeting at its zonal office in Enugu.

They accused a former President of the Senate of causing division in the state APC, alleging that he imposed a new caretaker committee chairman on the party.

The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions vowed to take their complaints against the ex- senator to the highest authority of the party, alleging that he has done more harm to the party in Enugu state than good.

The Guardian learnt that besides Nwoye, other chieftains of the party, who were excluded in the meeting include, Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, Emperor Baywood Ibe and governorship contender in 2015, Chief Okey Ezea, among others.

Also, concerned about reports and petitions bordering on alleged extortion and harassment against Enugu North, Enugu South and Enugu East councils, the House set up a special committee to investigate the claims against them.

The House disclosed that it would also quiz the Enugu State Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA), Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, as well as Commissioner for Transport and Chairman, Enugu Capital Territory for similar allegations.

Representative of Nsukka East Constituency, Chinedu Nwamba, is Chairman of the five-man ad-hoc committee, while Deputy Whip of the House, Ethel Ugwuanyi, Jeff Mba, Paul Nnajiofor and Amaka Ugwueze are members.

Ubosi said those indicted would explain why they were embarking on arbitrary revenue drive and ascertain the law that empowered them to do so.

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