A member of the Benue State House of Assembly has revealed that the state Governor, Samuel Ortom never wanted a public hearing for the substituted Anti-grazing bill that was rejected at public hearings recently.
The lawmaker who pleaded anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter averred that the Governor, sometime in June last year, sent in a bill for the prohibition of open grazing and establishment of ranches to the assembly.
However, after the it had passed through first and second readings, the assembly got a letter from the governor requesting to substitute the first bill for another, a bill for establishment of livestock promotion and regulation agency, and wished that it be passed without recourse to a public hearing.
The lawmaker who was livid over allegations that they were induced to effect the substitution of the bill said it was a pure executive affair and that no lawmaker was involved, adding that the public hearings held recently were made possible through the insistence of the assembly members that the right thing must be done.
When asked what has become of the bill after the public hearing, he said the house will go back to the drawing board since large portions of the bill including the title were rejected by the people.