Herds­men con­verge on Kano to tackle cat­tle theft

Daily Trust - - CRIME - From Haruna Gimba Yaya, Kano

Wor­ried by the per­sis­tent rustling and lack of graz­ing ar­eas for their an­i­mals, Fu­lani herders un­der the aus­pices of Bil­li­tal Ma­roobe Pas­toral­ists As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (BILMPAN), held a two-day sum­mit in Kano to find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lems.

Speak­ing at the sum­mit, na­tional pres­i­dent of BILMPAN, Al­haji Aliyu Muham­mad Ri­min­dako, de­scribed cat­tle rustling and en­croach­ment of graz­ing ar­eas as the ma­jor chal­lenges faced by pas­toral­ists in Nige­ria.

“This rustling a new phe­nom­e­non to us but un­for­tu­nately it is crip­pling the eco­nomic con­di­tion of herders which also af­fects the econ­omy of the coun­try. This I be­lieve is the next ma­jor se­cu­rity threat to the coun­try af­ter the Boko Haram in­sur­gency, be­cause it touches the means of liveli­hood of herds­men and the coun­try’s econ­omy.

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“As such, there is need for syn­ergy be­tween se­cu­rity agen­cies and herds­men for bet­ter se­cu­rity of live­stock and also gov­ern­ment should tackle the high rate of un­em­ploy­ment, es­pe­cially among the youth which is the ma­jor cause of rustling,” he also said.

Aliyu Ri­min­dako noted that en­croach­ment of graz­ing ar­eas due to the rapid de­vel­op­ment of towns and ci­ties is an­other area of con­cern for the herders and urged the Na­tional As­sem­bly on the quick pas­sage of the graz­ing ar­eas bill into law.

He said the non-in­clu­sion of herds men’s in­puts in gov­ern­ment pol­icy for­mu­la­tion con­trib­uted for lin­ger­ing cri­sis be­tween farm­ers and herds­men.

He added that plans are un­der­way to re­duce the move­ment of herds­men across the coun­try in search of fod­der for cat­tle.

“We are work­ing on a plan and adopt­ing changes that in the next two gen­er­a­tions to come, our grand­chil­dren will not be mov­ing from one place to an­other in the name of cat­tle rear­ing,” he said.

He fur­ther de­cried the non­in­clu­sion of the live­stock sec­tor in gov­ern­ment bud­get, say­ing the sec­tor gets zero al­lo­ca­tion com­pared to what is al­lo­cated to agri­cul­ture.

“If you com­pare what is be­ing al­lo­cated to farm­ing and live­stock sec­tors in gov­ern­ment bud­get, you will dis­cover that the live­stock sec­tor gets al­most zero per cent.

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