Government to build ranches, grazing reserves

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Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Engineer Babachir David Lawal on Thursday said that the government was going ahead with decision to establish ranches and grazing reserves across the country as a solution to the incessant clashes between Fulani cattle rearers and local farmers.
He made the remark while receiving a delegation of Tabital Pulako Njode Jam Foundation, led by its Chairman Alhaji Abdul Bali, in Abuja.
Lawal, in a statement by the Director (Press) in the office of the SGF Bolaji Adebiyi, also noted that nomads from outside Nigeria have migrated into the country and have been the ones perpetuating most of the crimes on the farmlands.
He assured that government will do the needful to enlighten Fulani Herdsmen on how to make cattle rearing more profitable by utilizing the ranches and reap other social and political benefits that such settlements will offer.
The Foundation, he said, was set up to look into the problem of clashes between Fulani Cattle Rearers and Farmers.
“The foundation, in its submissions, is also convinced that the nomads from other lands are responsible for the senseless killings on the farms and urged the government to strengthen control at our land borders. The foundation is ready to partner with government to bring the situation under control.”
In another development, the SGF assured the people of North-Eastern Nigeria that government agencies, responsible for the rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the region is not discriminating in the provision of relief materials to the various states.
According to him, relief items were distributed with a deep sense of equity and fairness, as he emphasized that the severity of the hardships of the IDPs in the affected communities and states were the major consideration in the distribution exercise.
The SGF made the clarification in his office when he received a delegation from another group, the Lardin Gabas Elders Forum led by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Captain Paul Tahir.
He explained that rehabilitation efforts in the North-East, apart from the provision of foods items, tents and building materials, included the reconstruction of schools, hospitals, police stations and barracks.
To streamline rehabilitation activities in the region, and accelerate the return of normal life to the North-Eastern States, he said that a Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI) will soon be inaugurated by Mr. President.
The Lardin Gabas Elders Forum was established as a reaction to the devastation that Boko Haram insurgency visited on the North-East Region.
The Forum, according to the delegation, is ready to work with the federal government to ensure that succour is brought to victims of the insurgency.
The forum also advocated the return of Christian Religious Studies to school curriculum to teach youths about good moral upbringing early.

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