…Top discussion, training in Zaria.
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Executive Secretary of National Commission for Nomadic Education, NCNE, Professor Bashir Usman, has said the idea of having ranches is to curtailed the unending Farmers – Pastoralists conflicts that are posing threat to peace and Security in the country.
He made the observation at a two days workshop organized by the NCNE, to find solutions to the lingering crises between Farmers and Pastoralists in the country.
Chairman of NCNE, Prof. Tahir Gidado, while speaking during the training workshop, which held in Zaria in Kaduna state, said as a critical stakeholder, the Commission, under Federal Government, has policy directives of finding lasting solutions to the farmers/pastoralists conflicts.
He said the Commission is working round-the-clock to put an end to the menace and ensure successful ranching policy of the federal government.
According to him, the conflicts in the frontline states of Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Nasarrawa, Kaduna and Zamfara have continued to pose a threat to the peace and security of the country.
Speaking on the theme of training, “Identification, Mapping and Clustering of Pastoralists Communities in Eleven Grazing Reserve Preparation for the Implementation of Ranching Concepts in Nigeria,” Gidado said the training will provide practical and relevant approaches that would provide useful insight on the best way of ensuring that the ranching policy of the federal government is successful.
“This initiative will equally ensure peace building and conflict management, in order to abreast with the strategies that would enable them to effectively interface with the Pastoralists, with a view to broaden their understanding and accelerate the process of adaptation as well as facilitate increase access of quality and functioning basic education to Nomads,” he said.
The Executive Secretary also said developing the grazing reserve into ranches is to provide state-of-the-art grazing resources for livestock herders in the country. He added that “The idea of having ranches is to curtail the unending Farmers/Pastoralists conflicts that are posing threat to peace and security.
“These conflicts have remained unabated and heightened of recent and have seriously impacted negatively on lives and livelihoods of the pastoralists and farmers, including the schools and other infrastructures put in place by the Commission and other stakeholders in Nomadic communities,” he stressed