The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has inaugurated a committee saddled with the responsibility to enforce the anti-open rearing and grazing of livestock law and provide for the establishment of ranches and livestock administration, regulation and control.
Leadership reports that the inauguration was conducted on Friday at Government House, Wellington Bassey way, Uyo. The governor was represented by the Secretary to State Government, Emmanuel Ekuwem. The team is led by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Glory Edet.
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on September 15 signed into law a bill that prohibits open grazing of cattle in the state.
The law provides for the establishment of ranches in the state. It followed a resolution by southern governors on July 5 in Lagos for member states to enact legislations against open grazing of cattle in their states on or before September 1. Only five states were able to meet the deadline.
While congratulating members of the committee, the representative of the Akwa Ibom governor, Mr Ekuwem, charged members of the implementation committee to be committed, fair and firm in the discharge of their duties, adding that their appointment was a call to service.
The chairperson of the committee and Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Edet, appreciated the governor for his passion and commitment to ensuring that the state is safe for investors and promised to discharge the responsibility with the members accordingly.