Farmers/Herders’ Clash: Niger to Reactivate Grazing Reserves

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By Laleye Dipo in Minna
In an effort to guard against any herders/farmers’ clash in Niger State, the state government has directed that the 30,000-hectare Bobi Grazing Reserve in  Mariga Local Government area of the state should be immediately revived.
The state government’s decision is in line with its policy to set aside several hectares of land in parts of the state for the grazing of animals as a way of curbing farmers/herders’ clash in the state.
Part of the policy also included the identification of 23 grazing reserves in parts of the state that had long been abandoned, and government’s determination to make them functional.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said during an unscheduled visit to the Bobi Grazing Reserve on Sunday that the reactivation plan included the sinking of boreholes, provision of green grass, schools and other social amenities for nomads and their children.
Governor Bello announced that a committee of “all stakeholders” had been put in place to interface with the Fulani herdsmen on the reserve and also reassess existing facilities on ground with a view to recommending their repairs and expansion, adding: “We have some structures on ground and I am sure those ones can be easily renovated. There are also schools and I believe they will need more facilities because we are expecting more herdsmen.”
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