In its bid to resolve the lingering farmers/herders’ conflicts within the state, the Bauchi State Authorities on Tuesday, mentioned that it’s going to set up a committee to implement its determination to re-establish cattle routes and purchase lands which were illegally taken away from stakeholders within the state.
This was disclosed by the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadri Mohammed, whereas receiving a report of the executive committee of inquiry arrange by the state authorities to look into the disputes between farmers and herders because of land use abuse and unlawful allocation in all of the 20 native authorities areas of the state.
The choice, Governor Mohammed mentioned, was knowledgeable by the truth that as of now, herders should not have rights of passage for his or her cattle to graze in some a part of the state.
In accordance with him, that is so as a result of cattle routes established very long time in the past have been blocked and brought over by some elite who connive with the normal establishments, native authorities and safety businesses in some situations.
The pattern, Governor Mohammed mentioned, should be reversed not solely to protect the surroundings but in addition to cease the unbridled acquisition of land by those that wantonly acquired land with out making any use of it.
“As a committee, you could have the braveness to carry out all these challenges and we aren’t blaming anyone. However definitely, we try to take a look at the challenges with a view to resolving them. Undoubtedly, we should do one thing.
“It’s a disgrace that on this century when our forefathers have completed a lot to determine the cattle routes with beacons, coordinates and reserves, in order that they’ll present sustenance for us once we come again.
“Sadly, our environmental sustainability has been destroyed and typically they’re simply wantonly acquired with none use for the beneficiaries. So this kleptomania, this perspective that’s horrible should be reversed,” the governor mentioned.
In accordance with him, opposite to the long-held perception that the Northern Nigeria has a big mass of land, the area is disadvantaged of such because the land has largely been acquired illegally by a couple of.
“That is the issue of Nigeria, particularly in Northern Nigeria the place we assume to have land. However we don’t have the land as a result of they’ve been acquired and brought illegally.
“One particular person will take between 5,000 to 50,000 hectares of land and all of the cattle routes have been taken over,” Governor Mohammed mentioned.
Talking whereas submitting its report, the chairman of the committee, Surveyor Yayaha Baba, declared that farmers/herders’ battle is a superb risk to safety within the state.
This, the chairman said, wants pressing measures to curb, including that Governor Mohammed took a daring step in establishing the committee.
Surveyor Baba knowledgeable that in the middle of its task, the committee held listening to periods, including that it obtained many complaints and petitions from stakeholders.
In accordance with him, based mostly on the complaints and petitions, members of the committee inspected the affected areas with a view to discovering out conditions of issues by themselves.