The Bauchi State chapter, of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has urged the state government to build extra earth dams and increase the grazing reserve areas in the state.
Concise News learned that the state chairman of the association, Muhammadu Hussaini while speaking with the newsmen on Sunday in Bauchi made these appeal.
Hussaini 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.”
The Miyetti Allah chairman disclosed that all the cattle paths were replaced by modern roads and houses built by the government and individuals which offer no replacement, an action which threw herdsmen in a difficult situation.
He appealed the state government to grant them with subsidized cotton seed for their cows, saying, “it’s very important presently the sack of the cottonseed is being sold between N3,500 to N4, 000 and if government subsidized it Fulani will buy it between N1,500 to N2,000 and this will make them stay in one place and educate their children.”
Hussaini further disclosed that the shortage of teachers in Fulani nomadic schools stands as one of their major problems and urged the government to employ more teachers and oversee them and ensure that they are always punctual to the schools, instead of attending the school once in a week, which as becomes the norms in most nomadic schools.
The chairman acknowledged the effort of the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir for promising to implement the newly-introduced Ruga programme by the Federal government, and Hussaini assured him of the association support towards the success of the exercise.
He further suggested the state government emulate Jigawa State government by demarcating 50 meters at cattle route from the main road.