- The minister of agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, said FG will soon start reconstructing grazing reserves
- Ogbeh reiterated that the move, amid other benefits, is to curb the prevalent farmers-herders conflicts
- The minister also called on individuals interested in building grazing reserve to do so, adding that the government would support such individuals
The federal government says it will soon commence the reconstruction of grazing reserves across the country.
Audu Ogbeh, the minister of agriculture and rural development, said this in Abuja when participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course Twelve (EIMC12) and Institute for Security Studies, Usma Dam, Bwari, visited him, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
A statement by Nakorji Mohammed, the director of information at the ministry on Friday, March 15, quoted Ogbeh as saying that the reconstruction of the grazing reserves had become necessary due to farmers-herders conflicts.
The minister said the reconstruction was also crucial for the federal government to reduce the high unemployment rate in the country.
“The grazing reserves will help in solving these problems.
“We are not going to any state that is not interested and we are not going to collect anyone’s land,’’ the minister assured.
He called on individuals who had the interest and ability to build grazing reserve to do so, adding that the government would support such individuals.
Ogbeh called on members of the institute to focus on addressing the security challenges facing the West African region and Africa in general.
The director of the institute, Alhaji A.S. Adeleke represented by the deputy director of studies, Dr. A.M.Wali, said the purpose of the visit was to commend the country’s achievements in the agriculture sector.
Adeleke also applauded the ministry for its efforts toward curtailing the agro-terrorism where people are hoarding farm inputs.
He said the course participants were drawn from 21 agencies in Nigeria.
Other participants according to Adeleke were also from Benin Republic, Liberia, Niger and Sierra-Leone consisting of senior officers from the military intelligence and other federal government agencies.
Adeleke said that the theme of this year’s course is `Transhuman and International Migration: Challenges on Governance, Peace and Sustainable Development in sub-Sahara Africa’.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the French embassy in Nigeria organised a seminar on pastoralism in Nigeria to explore and proffer solutions to recurring conflicts between pastoralists and farmers.
The event was took place in September 18, 2018, at Alliance Française Kaduna, was organised in collaboration with the Pastoral Reserve (PARE).
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