- Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa warned herdsmen to avoid going beyond grazing boundaries so as not to incur the wrath of the state government
- The governor also appealed to farmers to be considerate and not cultivate their farms on grazing routes
- Al-Makura urged both sides to maintain a peaceful co-existence as conflicts affect the state’s food production
Herdsmen who violate the Nasarawa state government’s rules on grazing by encroaching onto farmlands and destroying crops with their Cattle will henceforth be dealt with.
This was disclosed by Tanko Al-Makura, the Nasarawa state governor, who vowed to deal with all such erring herdsmen.
According to reports, while speaking at the fertilizer sale launch for the 2017 cropping season in the Jenkwe Development Area of the state, the governor declared that any herdsman who goes beyond demarcations set for grazing would face stringent action taken by his administration.
He stated: “Let me send a note of serious warning particularly to our herdsmen, we have seen what has become of the season recently where several farmlands have been bastardized.
“I will like to appeal to our herdsmen to limit their grazing to the areas that are dedicated for grazing because government will not take it lightly with anyone that goes beyond the demarcations that are dedicated for grazing to encroach on farms where crops are destroyed because this has the chances of creating food scarcity which we cannot afford.
“At this juncture, I should take the liberty of this occasion to continue to preach peace and harmonious coexistence among our communities.
“Let me also appeal to our herdsmen and farmers to live in peace with one another to ensure maximum yield from our farmers.
“This is the only way we can be sure of agricultural production that can enhance growth and development of the state.”
In the same vein, Governor Al-Makura also appealed to farmers within the state to be considerate and avoid cultivating farms on grazing routes.
He also encouraged the farmers to be considerate and not cultivate farms on routes meant for grazing.
He said: “I will also like to ask the farmers to give consideration by leaving fallow areas that are not being used for the cropping season for the purposes of their colleagues (the herdsmen).”
Al-Makura urged both farmers and herdsmen to tow the path of peace and avoid conflicts as this affects the state’s food production.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Northern Governor’s Forum (NGF) said it will work with relevant stakeholders to secure Nigeria’s borders and register Fulani immigrants entering into the country to rear cattle.
Alhaji Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno state, who also serves as the chairman of the forum, while speaking to newsmen at the end of the forum’s meeting in Kaduna, said the governors observed that most of the herdsmen involved in issues of insecurity are immigrants from Senegal and Mali.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of the Fulani herdsmen massacre in southern Kaduna: