Farmers-herders crisis: VON DG, Okechukwu backs AGF’s proposal for Pastoral Commission

The Director Basic of Voice of Nigeria and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Osita Okechukwu has endorsed the proposal by the Hon. Lawyer Basic of the Federation (HAGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, for the institution of a Pastoral Fee as an answer to the farmers-herders disaster within the nation.

Okechukwu, who spoke with journalists in Abuja Sunday, on the controversial Herders/Farmers disaster counseled Malami for his thought of establishing the Pastoral Fee nationwide, as an antidote to the farmers-herders menace, which has polarised the nation greater than every other challenge for the reason that finish of the civil warfare in 1970.

In accordance with the VON boss, the disaster between farmers and herders is a ‘Nationwide Safety Query’, threatening the unity of the nation and have to be contained as a matter of pressing nationwide significance, to avert a attainable nationwide suicide.

He maintained that the suggestions made by Malami contained some pragmatic options, able to consigning the raging menace to the dustbin of historical past, thereby providing the nation a brand new lease of life.

“Might I commend Abubakar Malami SAN, the Honourable Lawyer Basic of the Federation (HAGF) for his profound thought of establishing Pastoral or Livestock Fee nationwide. Methinks it’s a pragmatic community-oriented resolution, aimed toward diffusing, cushioning and stopping the intractable menace of Farmers -Herders disaster in our pricey nation,” Okechukwu stated.

“Am in league with HAGF suggestions, for it correctly defines the Farmers-Herders Disaster for what it really is – Nationwide Safety Query. It’s a Nationwide Safety Query as a result of it had polarised and divided the nation greater than every other challenge since after the civil warfare. It has roughly rubbished all the nice works of President Muh Buhari, GCFR and profiled him negatively,” he added.

Requested of the appropriateness of federal authorities funding herders after they’re non-public enterprise, Okechukwu quipped, “Find solutions, one is comfortable to comment that the suggestions of HAGF comprise some pragmatic solutions.
The question of the appropriateness of the federal authorities funding herders, who’re non-public farmers, didn’t deflate this resolution. For individuals who pose this query failed to notice that the herders had dangerously disrupted crop farmers, and alternatively farmers rustled cattle, earlier than we rely uncountable lives misplaced and our pricey countrymen polarised and unnecessarily at daggers drawn.”

He insisted that the farmers-herders disaster is a Nationwide Safety Query, which positioned our pricey fatherland in a cliff-hanger and subsequently, as a matter of pressing nationwide significance, have to be contained.

Okechukwu regretted that the menace had subsumed the milestones legacies achieved by President Buhari’s Agrarian Revolution, Railway revolution and different infrastructural initiatives.

Reminded that what Malami stated is Pastoral Fee not Livestock, he stated, “I want Livestock Fee. Please take into account the substitution of identify to Livestock Fee in step with change of syntax, not which means. For a cautious evaluation of HAGF profound speech exhibits that he had moved distant from simply addressing Farmers-Herders Disaster from purely theoretical views usually devoid of actuality and synchronization with stakeholders to Nationwide Safety Query.

“My submission is that HAGF proposal is kind of in step with the Nationwide Livestock Transformation Plan promulgated in 2018. And a cursory look on the desk under exhibits that we’ve got considerable and arable land nationwide. In Niger State, we’ve got 76,363KM², Borno State 70,898KM², Taraba State 54,473KM², Kaduna State 46,053KM² and Bauchi State 45,837KM².

“In Yobe State, we’ve got 45,502KM², Zamfara State 39,762KM², Adamawa State 36,917KM², Kwara State 36,825KM², Kebbi State 36,800KM², Benue State 34,059KM², Plateau State 30,913KM², Kogi State 29,833KM², Oyo State 28,454KM² and Nasarawa State 27,117KM²

“Sokoto State has 25,973 KM², Katsina State 24,192KM², Jigawa State 23,154KM², Cross River State 20,156KM², Kano State 20,131KM², Gombe State 18,768KM², Edo State 17,802KM², Delta State 17,698KM², Ogun State 16,762KM², Ondo State 15,500KM², Rivers State 11,077KM², Bayelsa State 10,773KM², Osun State 9,251KM², Federal Capital Territory 7,315KM², Enugu State 7,161KM², Akwa Ibom State 7,081KM², Ekiti State 6,353KM², Abia State 6,320KM², Ebonyi State 5,670KM², Imo State 5,530KM², Anambra State 4,844KM² and lastly, Lagos State 3,345KM².

“All we want do urgently is promulgate Livestock Fee, supply for fund and set up cattle, goat, sheep, pig and so forth Ranches throughout the nation. Within the subsequent two any cattle roaming the farm can be thought-about enemy.

“My examine exhibits it’ll make use of over two million within the first one yr instantly and not directly. It’ll produce extra meat, extra milk and make more cash.”

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