Bayelsa donates 1,200-hectares for ranch development to curb clashes

Fulani Herdsmen

Credit: Today.ng
Fulani Herdsmen Credit: Today.ng

The Bayelsa Government on Sunday said it had donated 1,200 hectares of land to cattle herdsmen to control indiscriminate grazing in the state.

The state government had in December 2016 announced the restriction of the activities of herdsmen in the state to the Bayelsa Palm area in Yenagoa.

According to the government, the decision was to prevent the invasion of farmlands and check any security breaches.

Shitu Mohammed, State Chairman, Cattle Ranches Management and Control Committee, disclosed this at an interactive session which comprised stakeholders such as herdsmen, butchers, farmers and security agencies.

Mr. Mohammed said that the 1,200 hectares of land was for ranch development, grazing and slaughtering of cattle.

He said that more ranches would be donated to the cattle rearers in order to maintain peace and order in the state.

He commended the Bayelsa government for releasing the land, saying that the gesture would help to sustain the lasting peace that had existed between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

Mr. Mohammed also noted that the committee was set up by the state government to foster cordial relationship between the cattle rearers, farmers and the people of the state.

He noted that there had been no cases of violence by the herdsmen in the state.

“This is simply because the committee in collaboration with the state government and the security agencies had put in place quick response mechanisms,” he said.

The chairman called on the people of the state to appreciate the provision of the ranch as it will create job opportunities and boost tourism in the state.

(NAN)


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  • Watch man

    Are these business people (herdsmen) to pay some rent to govt for making use of such a huge chunk of land, or is it an outright donation (no payment)? It will be unfair to give such huge chunk of land free to these herdsmen and then not do the same to farmers. The herdsmen are business people and should be made to buy the land for ranching. What would be the compensation to the farmers who they either destroyed their farm land or murdered? Bayelsa governor has not done well. With what has been done these Fulani murderers would still ask for more until they have taken over the land; they are never satisfied. They believe that the land is theirs. Bad deed from Bayelsa; meet Fayose for tutoring.