Friday, 24 October 2014

FG sets aside N100bn for Fulani/Farmers Clash

The Federal Government has set aside N100 billion to assist states establish mini modern ranches across the country. This is aimed at ending the incessant clashes between farmers and Fulani herdsmen.

Speaking at the end of National Economic Council (NEC), meeting presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo, Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam said it was one of the recommendations his subcommittee on Grazing Reserves presented to the NEC.
The fund would be provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

He also revealed that cattle rearers moving into the country from neighbouring countries would henceforth be registered, so as to have records of them as well as ensure they maintain law and order.

According to him, his committee recommended that the CBN should provide seed funding of N100billion to assist states establish mini modern ranches, that all grazing reserves/cattle routes already gazetted and encroached upon should be recovered and improved upon.

Others were that ranching and modern technologies of livestock production be established and that sensitization /education workshops be organised for herdsmen and farmers to build trust and confidence between the parties.

Suswam said NEC amended some of the recommendations and appointed Minister of National Planning, Minister of Agriculture and Benue State Governor to come up with the final framework for approval and implementation.

He said the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, presented the draft report of the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform (PTCLR), reconstituted by Mr. President in November, 2011.

Among the terms of reference for the PTCLR, are provision of technical assistance to states and local governments to undertake land cadastral nationwide; determination of individual possessory rights using best practices and the most appropriate technologies

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