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Herdsmen make fresh demands from government

A socio-cultural association of Fulani, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a chapter of the state of Bauchi, has asked the state government to establish additional land dams and expand grazing reserve areas in the country.

The association’s state president, Alhaji Muhammadu Hussaini, appealed when he interacted with journalists in Bauchi on Sunday.

He said: “Additional land dams and the expansion of grazing reserve areas will reduce clashes between farmers and cattle herders and reduce Fulani’s movement from one place to another in search of water and grazing stock.”

Hussaini said that all cattle routes were taken by modern roads and houses built by the government and people without replacement, an action that, according to him, puts the shepherds in a difficult position.

He asked the state government to provide them with subsidized cotton seeds for their cows, adding that “it is very important now that the cotton seed bag is sold between N3,500 and N4,000 and if the government subsidizes it, Fulani will buy it between N1,500 to N2,000 and this will make them stay in one place and educate their children.”

The president identified the shortage of teachers in nomadic Fulani schools as one of his main problems and advised the government to employ more teachers and supervise them to make sure they attend schools regularly instead of attending school once per week, as has happened in many nomadic schools

He thanked the governor of the state of Bauchi, Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir, for committing to implement the Ruga program recently presented by the federal government, and assured him of his support for the success of the exercise.

Hussaini advised the government to emulate the Jigawa state government by defining 50 meters on the cattle route from the main road.