Reps want mod­ern cat­tle-rear­ing set­tle­ments for herders

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives have called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lished cat­tle-rear­ing set­tle­ments equipped with mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture for the herders across the coun­try to ame­lio­rate re­cur­ring clashes with farm­ers.

They said such set­tle­ments should be fur­nished with graz­ing re­serves, residential ac­com­mo­da­tion, health and ed­u­ca­tional in­fra­struc­ture as a way of align­ing Nige­rian cat­tlerear­ing with mod­ern prac­tice.

The law­mak­ers’ po­si­tion fol­lowed a mo­tion on the in­ces­sant clashes be­tween herders, farm­ers and the host com­mu­ni­ties in Nige­ria, spon­sored by Rep Wale Raji (APC, La­gos).

The House also urged the agri­cul­ture min­istry to spear­head the reg­is­tra­tion of all herders in the coun­try so as to as­cer­tain their num­ber that would guide ef­fec­tive poli­cies in the fu­ture.

“The de­vel­op­ment has now as­sumed a very dan­ger­ous di­men­sion with the re­cent in­va­sion of the farm­land of Chief Olu Falae re­sult­ing in the Yoruba Coun­cil of El­ders con­demn­ing the de­vel­op­ment in strong terms with pro­nounce­ment ca­pa­ble of threat­en­ing the peace and unity of the coun­try,” Rep Raji told the House.

He said sev­eral

fac­tors in­clud­ing ur­ban­i­sa­tion, pop­u­la­tion growth, de­for­esta­tion were re­spon­si­ble for the de­ple­tion of tra­di­tional graz­ing land and no­madic paths.

There­fore, he ex­plained, since “tra­di­tional cat­tlerear­ing is dis­cour­aged and mod­ern method is em­braced with the es­tab­lish­ment of such set­tle­ments, com­mu­nal con­flicts and in­ces­sant clashes will be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced, if not elim­i­nated.”

Photo Ikechukwu Ibe

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