Indigenous journalists charge House to pass Anti-Grazing Bill
Journalists of the Indigenous Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has charged members of the Delta state House of Assembly to urgently pass the Anti-Grazing Bill currently before the Assembly into law so as check the menace of herdsmen and protect lives of Deltans.
Indigenous journalists made the call during a courtesy call led by the Chairman, Comrade Barth Ozah to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori in Asaba. Comrade Ozah explained that passing the Bill into law will help check the excesses of the rampaging herdsmen that are terrorizing Deltans.
According to him, “It is however expedient to sue for urgent passage of the Anti-Grazing Bill currently before the House, as the Bill will not only check the excesses of the rampaging herdsmen terrorizing Deltans but will go a long way in ensuring that the SMART Agenda of His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, which is anchored on agriculture is realized.
The Indigenous journalists also called for more robust engagement between the House leadership and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) to avoid the unnecessary bickering that characterized its relationship with the leadership of the House in the past.
Comrade Ozah while congratulating the Speaker on his emergence as leader of the Assembly commended him for appointing a seasoned journalist, Comrade Dennis as his Chief Press Secretary, pointing out that it is an appointment that underscores the recognition and importance that the Speaker attaches to the press.
Rt. Hon. Oborevwori in his response said that the Anti-Grazing Bill before the House is being worked on, pointing out that the House of assembly is still doing consultations on it.
“We decided to put it on hold to do more consultation. When we come back from recess, we will work on the Bill so that by the time we finish work on it Deltans will be happy. I want to assure you on that.”
Oborevwori thanked the journalists for deeming it necessary to come to the House leadership, adding that the allusion made about the Assembly being vibrant is because there is a good working relationship between the House and the media, which helps to disseminate information about the activities of the House.
“Our major responsibility is to make laws, but we also help in doing empowerment in our constituencies.”
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