Gombe Moves to Prevent Farmer/ Herder Conflicts.

Gombe State Government has renewed commitment towards preventing farmer-herder conflicts with a view to consolidating on the prevailing peaceful coexistence among groups and communities in the state.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Muhammad Magaji Gettado made the assertion during a stakeholders’ engagement organised by the State government.

The Commissioner said governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in the year 2020 reactivated the Farmer-Herder (Disputes Prevention and Settlement) Committee under Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry with a view to providing a platform that will be responsible for deploying all strategies to ensure the lingering conflicts between farmers and cattle rearers are averted as in the case in other States of the federation.

Gettado who also serves as Chairman, said the commitee was left dormant in previous years, but with the coming of Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya it was brought back to life and given all needed support to run its activities.

“The main task of the committee is not dispute settlement, but dispute prevention between farmers and herders for the development of our dear state. We will not allow any herder to come into Gombe State until our farmers take all their farm produce back home; therefore from tomorrow, our committee will start visiting emirates and chiefdoms to meet with stakeholders and pass the message across”, the commissioner added.

He expressed strong conviction of the Committee’s determination in ensuring that a room for dispute between the two parties is averted.

“There has to be a dispute among parties first before settlement, in this case, we won’t even allow the dispute to happen as such our Committee is resolute to be preventive in our approach” he affirmed

Earlier in his remark, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Barrister Obel Yaji said, the town hall meeting was second of its kind under this administration, adding that it will give room for different stakeholders to rub minds on how to best tackle the problem at hand.

While addressing the gathering, Chairman House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture, Hon Nasiru Abdulkarim commended the state government’s effort in providing a peaceful atmosphere for both farmers and herders to co-exist for the betterment of the people. He maintained that they are doing everything possible to support the yernings and aspirations of their constituents by enacting laws that will help in that regard.

In his remark, a Committee member who is also a Special Adviser to governor on security matters, CP Mohammed Wakili, Rtd, cautioned all parties involved to be conscious of the law and learn to resolve their problems peacefully, noting that no meaningful development can be achieved without peace.

In their separate comments, Chairman Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Assocition, Gombe State Chapter, Alhaji Modibbo Yahaya, his counterpart from All farmers’ Associations of Nigeria (AFAN), Muhammad Yahaya Adamu lauded Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s efforts towards re-activating the committee, assuring that their members will abide by the laws to prevent clashes especially during this time of harvest. They called on the state government to provide more grazing reserves and dams for herders and protect existing grazing reserves and cattle routes from encroachment.

Comments, questions and suggestions from various stakeholders were entertained by the Committee during the meeting calling both parties to avoid anything capable of causing conflict between herders and farmers.

Senior district head of Gombe Alhaji Abdulkadir Abubakar urged farmers to be conscious of imbibing early cropping farming method immediately the wet season sets in to enable them harvest their farm produce earlier.

The Senior district head represented by Dan Iyan Yeriman Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Abdulkadir cautioned both parties to channel their grievance to appropriate authorities than taking law into their hands when ever a dispute arises.

The meeting was also graced by representatives of Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, heads of security outfits, leaders of farmers and herders associations, community leaders among others.

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