Farmers, Herders Clash: Gombe inaugurates committee to reclaim cattle routes

Gov Inuwa Yahaya with Members of the committee inaugurated to reclaim cattle routes in Gombe State.

By Williams Ago, Gombe

In it's determined efforts to address the clashes between herders and farmers in Gombe State, the government has constituted a committee to assess cattle routes, grazing, game and forest reserves in the State.

The state governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, while inaugurating the committee, said government’s intention was to ensure that it reclaims encroached cattle routes as well as grazing, game and forest reserve to forestall clashes between herders and farmers in the state

The governor, who attributed the current security challenges and recurrent farmer/herder clashes to years long negligence, noted that for a lasting peace in Nigeria, strict measures must be put in place to revive the hitherto cattle routes, grazing and forest reserves in the country.

According to him, the trend posed great dangers to citizens' means of livelihood and environment, adding, "the encroachment upon these lands has posed serious threats to their existence, threatening ecological balance and the livelihoods of both farmers and herders.”

He noted that, "In northern Nigeria today, deforestation and encroaching desertification are driving nomadic communities inwards, thus bringing them into conflict with farming communities, and jeopardizing centuries of inter-communal harmony and stability.

"To address those security challenges, we must first address their root causes, which is environmental degradation that is fuelled by climate change and lack of compliance with extant rules and regulations across all divides,” the governor explained.

He also said his administration will do everything within its powers to revoke any illegal allocation made on cattle routes, grazing or forest reserves to foster environmental sanity, adding, "This committee is necessary in order to reverse the ugly trend, restore our ecological balance, and promote environmental and livelihoods sustainability.”

Chairman of the committee, AIG Zubairu Muazu (Rtd), appreciated the governor for the opportunity, assuring that they will work round the clock to deliver on the mandate and promised not to fail the governor as the people of the state.

The committee is made up of security experts, environmentalists, livestock development specialists, agriculturalists, professional surveyors, community leaders, representatives of socio-cultural groups, representatives of security agencies, among others. 
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