Anambra State Commissioner for trade, Commerce, Market and Wealth Creation, Mr Uchenna Okafor toured Agbo-Edo Motor Spare Parts Dealers Association (AMSPDA), in Nnewi Local Government Area (LGA).

According to Mr Dennis Ikegwuonu, Chairman of AMSPDA, the tour was aimed at consolidating on the achievement of the present administration in the market.

“It is also to help to tackle some other challenges,’’ said Mr Ikegwuonu while accompanying the commission along with the other members of his executive committee.”

They took the commissioner round the market to witness the tarred roads, interlocked floors, the fenced high walls and strong large gates at the entrance as well as the two giant electricity power generators powering the entire market.

He was also taken through the massive erosion site at the back of the market, which was eating up the back side of the market as a result of heavy rains.

The commissioner promised to assist by informing the Gov. Willie Obiano for prompt intervention, so as to save property of people, if not checked in time.

Chairman AMSPDA Ikegwuani while addressing the commissioner said his tenure was now two years and five months and had been bedeviled by high profile maladministration.

“I and my team have left no stones unturned, even when nothing was handed over to us in terms of cash by my predecessor; I do not collect levy from AMSPDA for all the achievements so far.

“So, I promise to continue until I am out of the office.’’

The commissioner Mr Okafor in his remarks, applauded AMSPDA leaders, promising to work on a list of his requests, which were on the need for Street lighting around the market so as to help the security in doing their jobs perfectly at night.

The second was the provision of firefighting and water supply equipment.

Anambra State Cattle, other livestock `Open Grazing’ prohibition law passes 2nd Reading

A bill for a law to prohibit and abolish open and nomadic cattle and other livestock grazing and rearing in Anambra State, has passed through second reading on the floor of the Anambra State House of Assembly.

It envisages the establishment of cattle and other livestock ranches and to provide for related matters.

The motion was moved by the Majority Leader, Mr Nnamdi Okafor and seconded by Mr. Lawrence Ezeudu representing Dunukofia State Constituency during plenary session on Sept. 23.

The Speaker, Mr. Uche Okafor, who presided over the plenary session, had moved for its passage while the lawmakers unanimously adopted it through voice vote.

Mr. Okafor said: “this bill is what concerns everyone at this moment, in as much as it borders on economic development, food security and it borders on security of lives and property.

“And it is important that we give it accelerated hearing.’’

The Speaker, then, referred the bill to the House Committee on Agriculture for normal legislative work.

The committee was given a week to submit its report, after it must have organised a public hearing involving stakeholders.

Speaking on the motion, Mr Nnamdi Okafor representing Awka South 1 Constituency described the bill as apt.

“Mr Speaker, we have for the past seven years been hearing about open grazing of cattle in the state, and you can recall in your constituency and in various parts of the constituencies, where there are crisis between the herders and the farmers.

“A lot of our farm produce were destroyed. Even some of the farmers have been displaced, not only from their farmlands but also from their homes in the rural areas.

“This open grazing has caused a lot of problem, not just in our state, but in other parts of the country; it has come to a point, where such a bill will scale through a second reading is apt.

The lawmakers that spoke in favour of the bill are Mr Timothy Ifedioranma (Njikoka 1 constituency), Mr Chuka Ezenwune (Idemili South), Mr. Pete Ibida(Njikoka 11), Mr Nonso Okafor (Nnewi North), Mr Ejike Okechukwu(Anaocha 11), and Mr Patrick Udoba representing Anambra West.

Others are Mr Emmanuel Nwafor representing Orumba South, Mr. Paschal Agbodike (Deputy Speaker), Mr Charles Obimma (Oyi), Mr Uzoma Eli (Onitsha South 1), Mr Obinna Emenaka(Anambra East), Mr Emeka Aforka(Orumba North) and Mr Pius Okoye representing Awka South 11 constituency.

They opposed open grazing of cattle and other livestock grazing, saying that the bill would remove the entire menace being experienced.

“It will check the spread of diseases; if ranches are established, epidemics can be traced to a particular ranch from where where the disease has broken out,’’ they added.

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