The governors took the decision in response to the outcry by members of the public over the activities of armed herdsmen in several communities.
The bill signed by Governor Ugwuanyi, which is for a law prohibiting open grazing, regulating cattle ranching, and for connected purposes, was recently passed by the Enugu State House of Assembly.
The Leader of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, had explained after the passage of the bill, that it would be cited as the “Prohibition of Open Grazing and Cattle Ranching Law of Enugu State,” after the governor’s assent.
Gov. Ugwuanyi’s assent to this bill is expected to improve security and peace in the State.
Ugwuanyi’s action is coming after some other States in Southern Nigeria also passed the bill.
At the last meeting of the governors in Lagos State, they had set September deadline for the ban on open-grazing.
In some of the States in the Southeast, including, Abia and Ebonyi States, the governments are claiming they already had similar laws in place.
Meanwhile, the Southern Governors will continue their meeting in Enugu tomorrow, Thursday, and the open-grazing ban is expected to form one of the issues for discussion.