No Going Back On Grazing Reserves – FG

grazing-reserveThe Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to establish ranches and grazing reserves across the country to bring an end to incessant deadly clashes between herders and farmers.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, made this known yesterday when he received a delegation from Tabital Pulako Njode Jam Foundation, led by its Chairman, Abdul Bali.

Mr. Lawal said most of the crimes on farmlands were perpetrated by nomads, who migrated into the country.

Bolaji Adebiyi, the Director of Press in the Office of the SGF, disclosed in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

According to Adebiyi, the SGF pledged the Federal Government’s commitment to enlightening the herdsmen on ways to make cattle rearing more profitable.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Bali said the foundation was set up to look into the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

He said that its submissions had shown that nomads from other countries were responsible for clashes with farmers.

In a related development, the SGF assured the people of North-East of fairness in the provision of relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the various states in the region.

He gave the assurance when he received a delegation from the Lardin Gabas Elders Forum led by the Chairman of its Board of Trustees, Paul Tahir.

He said that a Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI) will soon be inaugurated to streamline rehabilitation activities in the region and accelerate the return of normal life to the North-Eastern states.

The Chairman of the forum pledged its readiness to work with the Federal Government to ensure that succour was brought to the victims of insurgency.

Mr. Tahir said the forum also advocated the return of Christian Religious Studies to school curriculum to teach youths about good moral upbringing and fear of God.