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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved recommendations of a committee to review 368 grazing sites across 25 states in the country.

President Buhari Approves Review Of 368 Grazing Reserves In 25 States For Herders

The issue of creating grazing reserves for herdsmen across the country has remained very contentious with many governors insisting that they do not have ‘free’ lands in their states for such projects.

Several regional groups had also alleged that the planned grazing reserve by the federal government is a ploy to grab land from indigenous people and resettle Fulani population.

Despite opposition by the groups and state governors, President Buhari has announced plans to create grazing reserves for the benefit of nomadic cattle rearers across the federation.

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Buhari Approves Review Of Grazing Reserves

A statement issued Thursday by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the president has approved the review of 368 grazing sites across 25 states of the federation.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved recommendations of a committee to review “with dispatch”, 368 grazing sites, across 25 states in the country, “to determine the levels of encroachment.”

“The President’s directive followed his approval of the recommendations of a committee chaired by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

“Among others, the committee had recommended the collection of field data collection on 368 Grazing Reserves across 25 states to assess encroachment and encroachers, stakeholder engagements and sensitization.

“The Committee also recommended production of maps and geo-mapping/tagging of sites, analysis of findings and report preparations as well as design appropriate communication on Grazing Reserves and operations.

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“The number of the Grazing Reserves and States were deduced from considerations of existing security concerns and other pre-existing socio-economic conditions.

“The President directed that the assignment be undertaken with dispatch to bring more understanding on the Grazing Reserves, and implementation.

“Members of the committee include, Governor of Kebbi State and Vice Chairman, National Food Security Council, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of NEC Sub-Committee for National Livestock Transformation Plan, David Umahi, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar and Deputy Chief of Staff, Ade Ipaye.

“The Technical Sub-Committee consists of representatives from the seven members of the main committee in addition to representatives from Ministry of Justice, Surveyor General of the Federation, National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) and National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA).

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“Among its Terms of Reference, the Committee was to collate from states and confirm the status of all Grazing Reserves, assess the percentage of available land and those with existing encroachment complications for case-by-case resolution in partnership with state governments and the FCT.

“The Committee will also make recommendations for gazetting of ungazetted Grazing Reserves and create a data base of National Cattle Herders and ensure that Grazing Reserves are well communicated to all stakeholders.

“The inaugural meeting of the Committee was held on May 10, 2021,” the statement reads.

KanyiDaily recalls that in May, the governors in 17 states of the southern part of Nigeria banned open grazing of cattle across states in the region.

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