Offenders to face 10 years imprisonment
BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
A bill, “Donkey Export and Killing (Prohibition) Bill” sponsored by Hon. Garba Datti, a representative of Sabon Gari Federal Constituency has passed First and Second Reading with the Public Hearing held on it on Tuesday, May 14.
The bill if enacted into an Act by the National Assembly will prohibit the killing of donkeys and its exportation.
Speaking to journalists after the Public Hearing on the bill on Tuesday May 14, 2019, Hon. Garba Datti said the objective (s) of the bill is to prohibit the killing of donkey in Nigeria and the exportation of donkeys or its carcasses or derivatives out of Nigeria given their depletion in numbers; the threat of extinction and their aesthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational and scientific value to the Nigerian nation and its people and in order to preserve them for use particularly in rural transportation.\
On why the bill is coming up now, Datti said many rural communities utilize the donkey for transportation which usually sold for between N15,000 and N18,000 but today it is going for between N70,000 and N75,000 because of the Demand for it in China.
According to him, the donkey population has severely reduced because of its export to China which uses its skin to produce gelatin which is highly prized as a nutritional tonic, which nourishes the blood and boosts the immune system.
Datti said the development has led to the increase of price of donkey in Nigeria making many people to steal donkeys from different communities.
Datti maintained that if nothing is done to check the trend, those deposed of donkeys will in future become helpless and hopeless thereby increasing the level of insecurity in the country.
Other countries in Africa where the killing and exportation of donkey is prohibited include Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Gambia.
According to the Act sighted by the correspondent of THE LEGISLATURE, section 4 (1) states “Any person who commits an offence under section 1 and 2 of this bill shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for ten (10) years.
The short title of the bill is Donkey Export and Killing (Prohibition) Bill 2018.