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Senate denies possession of grazing reserve bill

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Senate President Bukola Saraki and Senator Babajide Omoworare

Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Sen. Babajide Omoworare on Tuesday disclosed that there is no grazing reserve bill before the Senate.

Photo: Senate President Bukola Saraki and Senator Babajide Omoworare

Omoware made this disclosure in statement issued which was made available to our correspondent.

He explained the National reserve grazing bill was presented last in seventh Senate by Senator Zainab kure which has now expired by operation of law.

He said:

“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 8th 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 7th Senate (2011 – 2015).

“[It] 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.

Earlier at the plenary session, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe had coming through urgent of National Importance on the bill National reserve grazing bill.

Abia State senator, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has called on the Committee on Rules and Business of the Senate to clarify issues on the existence of a Grazing Reserve Commission bill in the assembly.

He said he had sought clarification from the clerk of the Senate and confirmed that there was no such bill contrary to reports in the media.

Mr. Abaribe said he had received so many calls on the issue and had been accused by some of his constituents of being an absentee senator when the said the bill was not before the Senate.

“I have gotten more than 1,000 calls and this has to do with something called the Grazing Reserve Commission Bill.

“When I asked where is the information coming from, they said the information is coming from the social media.

“Mr President the last time a Grazing Reserve Commission Bill came to this Senate was in the 7th Senate and was proposed by Sen. (Zainab) Kure who is no longer in the Senate.

“So the reason why I am making this personal explanation is so that my constituents in Abia South will know that there is no such bill called Grazing Reserve Commission Bill before this Senate.

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