Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engineer Babachir David Lawal, yesterday confirmed Federal goverenment’s resolve to establish ranches and grazing reserves across the country as a solution to the incessant clashes between Fulani Cattle Rearers and Local Farmers.
He also noted that nomads from outside Nigeria who migrated into the country through porous borders are responsible for most of the crimes on the farmlands and assured that government will do the needful to enlighten Fulani Herdsmen on how to make cattle rearing more profitable by utilizing the ranches and reap other social and political benefits that such settlements will offer.
A statement signed by Bolaji Adbiyi Director (Press),Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir was speaking in his office when he received in audience, a delegation of Fulani group, Tabital Pulako Njode Jam Foundation, led by its Chairman, Alhaji Abdul Bali which was set up to look into the problem of clashes between Fulani Cattle Rearers and Farmers. The foundation, in its submissions according to the statement, confirmed that the nomads from neighbouring countries are responsible for the senseless killings on the farms and urged the government to strengthen control at our land borders promising that the foundation is ready to partner with government to bring the situation under control.
In another development, the SGF also assured the people of North-Eastern Nigeria that government agencies, responsible for the rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) in the region,do not discriminate, in the provision of relief materials to the various states. According to him, relief items were distributed with a deep sense of equity and fairness,and emphasized that the severity of the hardship of the IDPs in the affected communities and states was the major consideration in the distribution exercise.
He made this clarification in his office when he received a delegation from another group, the Lardin Gabas Elders Forum led by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Captain Paul Tahir. He explained that rehabilitation efforts in the North-East, apart from the provision of foods items, tents and building materials, included the reconstruction of schools, hospitals, police stations and barracks. He confirmed that to streamline rehabilitation activities in the region, and accelerate the return of normal life to the North-Eastern States, a Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI) will soon be inaugurated by Mr. President.
The Lardin Gabas Elders Forum was established as a reaction to the devastation that Boko Haram insurgency visited on the North-East Region. The Forum,according to the delegation, is ready to work with the federal government to ensure that succour is brought to victims of the insurgency. The forum also advocates the return of Christian Religious Studies to school curriculum to teach youths about good moral upbringing, early.

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