Kebbi moves to curb farmers, herders clashes

In an effort to curb the frequent farmers and herders’ crisis, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has set-up a 17-member committee to demarcate Nelba farming/grazing area in Suru and Bagudo Local Government Areas.

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Babale Umar-Yauri in Birnin Kebbi  said the committee which was mandated to commence action with effect from March 1, had its members drawn from various MDAs, traditional institutions, groups and security agencies.

Umar-Yauri listed members of the committee to include; Alhaji Ahmed Usman-Bunza as Chairman, the Acting Director of EXCO as its Secretary, while State Chairman and Secretary of Miyatti Allah would serve as members.

Others according to him, are; representatives of Police Commissioner, State Director of Security, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Ministry of Animal Health.

Others are Ministry of Agriculture, State Surveyor General, Council Chairmen of Bagudo and Suru Local Government Areas and District Heads of Illo and Aljannare.

He explained that the committee’s terms of reference was to obtain and refer to all previous reports on any move to demarcate the area for the purpose of farming/grazing by the authorities.

“The committee will also explore ways to ensure final and amicable settlement of any lingering issue of farmers/fulanis dispute over the area.

“It will also make any useful recommendation(s) that will ensure sustainable peace and development of the area.

“The committee has three weeks from the date of appointment within which to complete its assignment and submit its report to the State Government,” he said.

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