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Nigeria: Delta State government set up LGAs to identify migrant herders

Tchouboupoué, Togo - June 29, 2019: Herd of cattle close Nangbeto Dam at the Mono River, Togo, West Africa. A shepherd takes care about the animals.

The law enforcement committee in Delta State, Nigeria has been asked to vet indigenous Hausa/Fulani herders so as to identify the troublesome ones.

The aim of this recent development by the leadership of the Hausa/Fulani Herders in Delta is to check disagreement between herders and farmers across the state.

Julius Egbedi, State Chairman, Delta State Livestock Management Committee (DLMC), made this clear in Asaba.

Egbedi, who is also the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources,  acknowledged the herders and guaranteed them that the law was established to bring peace among herders and farmers in the state.

He charged the herders to help the state government ensure that the law was peacefully implemented without challenges.

Egbedi said that the government would partner with the communities to secure parcels of land for the herders to keep and graze their cows without problems while urging the herders to avail the committee of their various locations across the state.

He also charged them to identify parcels of land in their various LGAs of the domain and negotiate with the owners for their cattle to graze, adding that the committee would help to cement the agreement reached with the land owners.

”The state government is looking for ways to ensure that you and the farmers do business undisturbed.

”Anywhere you have an agreement for a parcel of land to graze your cattle, let this committee know so that we can cement that agreement.

”This is because we shall set up LGAs enforcement committee with the indigenous Hausa/Fulani included to enable us to identify the criminal seasonal and migrating herders who cause trouble in the state.

Egbedi said that the livestock law was established to create the enabling environment for everyone to do their businesses peacefully, adding that its implementations would be done with a human face.

Earlier, Alhaji, Musa Boyi, Head, Hausa/Fulanis in Delta said that the law was good and aimed at finding lasting peace in the various communities.

He thanked the government for the law but called for intervention in the areas of land for grazing, the inclusion of the indigenous Hausa/Fulani in the committee to represent their interest, and possibly the extension of the full enforcement of the law in the state.

He also cautioned on the immediate implementation without adequate education and sensitization, adding that the enforcement committee may cause more harm than good due to lack of proper understanding of the law.

According to him, the law is good, not anti -Fulani, it is aimed and geared towards solving the challenges.

”We live among the communities and there have been issues of land between various communities, so we appeal to the government to help us map out areas where we can graze our cattle.

“We that are indigenous herders, we have for many years worked in synergy with the communities, but the criminal herders come in during dry seasons and leave as soon as the rains start falling, they even attack and steal our cows and harm us”.