The Akwa Ibom State government is set to raise a compliance team to enforce the anti-open grazing law in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Ini Ememobong, who stated this in a press release said the directive was one of the decisions reached after the State Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday in Uyo.
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“The report of compliance with anti-open grazing Law was presented and the EXCO directed that a Special Compliance Unit be inaugurated to ensure total compliance,” he said.
Governor Udom Emmanuel had on September 15 signed into law a bill to prohibit open rearing and grazing and provide for the establishment of ranches in the state.
Ememobong said the government also directed that all illegal trading outlets on streets and roads in the state should be dismantled to check the menace of street trading.
He said the government ordered that a sensitisation and engagement programme to ensure voluntary compliance should be carried out for two weeks before the enforcement and prosecution of defaulters would begin.