Senate denies having Grazing Bill


Senate yesterday denied that the National Grazing Bill was in its possession, saying the bill which seeks to apportion certain geographical landmarks for grazing of cows in each state of the federation, only featured during the seventh Assembly.
The denial of the bill followed a request from Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP Abia South) to know if the bill was before the Senate.
But the upper legislative chamber in a statement through its Committee on Rules and Business, said the bill presented for consideration in the last Senate was sponsored by Senator Zainab Kure, who represented Niger Central on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the seventh Assembly.
The statement, signed by chairman of the committee, Senator Babajide Christopher Omoworare (APC Osun East), said its explanation was borne out of several calls senators were inundated with by their constituents over allegation that the bill had passed second reading and was expecting possible passage.
“Several distinguished senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have been inundated with the request by members of the public concerning the pendency of a National Grazing Bill in the Senate.
“This is to clarify that no such Bill has been presented by the executive arm of government and none has so far been filed by any senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the eighth Senate.
“For the avoidance of doubt, a National Grazing Reserve Establishment and Development Commission Bill (SB. 60) was presented by Senator Zaynab Kure (Niger Central) during the seventh Senate (2011 – 2015) which has now expired by the operations of law on the 6th June 2015 in furtherance of Section 64(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended,” the statement read.
Earlier, Senator Abaribe had requested to know when the Senate did not only pass the bill but it scaled …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot