From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
The Miyyati Allah kautal hore Fulani Socio Cultural Association, Bauchi State Chapter, has appealed to the state government to establish additional earth dams and expand grazing reserve areas in the state.
The state Chairman of the association, Alhaji Muhammadu Hussaini, made the appeal when he interacted with reporters in Bauchi on Thursday. He said “The additional earth dams and expansion of grazing reserve areas will curtail the clashes between farmers and cattle herdsmen and it will reduce movement of Fulani from one place to another in search of water and grazing reserve.”
He said all the cattle routes were taken over by modern roads and houses were built by government and individuals and no new ones were replaced the action that put the herdsmen in difficult position.
Hussaini asked the State government to provide them with subsidized cotton seed for their cows, it’s very important presently the sack of the cotton seed is being sold between N3, 500, 00 to N4, 000, 00 and if government subsidized it Fulani will buy it between N1, 500, 00 to N2, 000, 00 and this will make them stay in one place and educate their children.
The Chairman identified shortage of nomadic teachers in Fulani nomadic schools as one their major problems and advised government to employ more teachers and supersize them to ensure that they are attending the schools regularly instead of attending the school once in a week as it has been happenings now in many nomadic schools.
He thank the Bauchi State Governor Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir for pledging to implement the newly introduce Ruga programme by the Federal government and assured him of their support towards the success of the exercise.
The chairman advised government to emulate Jigawa State Government by demarcating 50 meters at cattle route from the main road and assist them to reduce their vital problems as pledge by the governor during electioneering campaign.