Miyyeti Al­lah hails Kwara govt over graz­ing re­serves

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

Chair­man of Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (MACABAN), Kwara State, Al­haji Us­man Adamu, has wel­comed plans by the state govern­ment to es­tab­lish graz­ing re­serves for herds­men.

He said the plan if ef­fec­tively car­ried out would end the fre­quent con­fronta­tion be­tween farm­ers and herders.

The state govern­ment had last week said it would pro­vide graz­ing re­serves and stock routes across the state to en­able herders move their live stock about with­out much ado.

This de­ci­sion which was com­mu­ni­cated to news­men by the state In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sioner, Prince Tunji Moron­foye, at the end of last week’s ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing, was se­quel to last year’s farm­ers/ herders’ clash in Alapa com­mu­nity which left sev­eral people dead.

Based on the rec­om­men­da­tions of a fact-find­ing com­mit­tee put in place to probe the hos­til­i­ties, the govern­ment came out with a white paper which, among oth­ers, in­formed the de­ci­sion to es­tab­lish the graz­ing re­serves and stock routes to pre­vent fu­ture clashes be­tween herds­men and farm­ers in vil­lages and set­tle­ments across the state.

The govern­ment equally ad­vised Fu­lani people to lower the in­ten­sity of their cer­e­monies and avoid the use of dan­ger­ous weapons dur­ing events.

State chair­man of Miyyeti Al­lah, in an in­ter­view with Daily Trust yes­ter­day, wel­comed govern­ment’s de­ci­sion and urged it to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions to the lat­ter.

Al­haji Us­man noted that the fric­tion be­tween herds­men and farm­ers is due to the ab­sence of graz­ing re­serves.

He re­called that sev­eral gov­ern­ments in the past promised to pro­vide graz­ing ar­eas but failed, ex­press­ing hope that the present govern­ment would match words with ac­tion.

He also ad­vised mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion to live peace­fully and har­mo­niously with their host com­mu­ni­ties.

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