… Urges Farmers To Harvest Produce On Time To Prevent Disputes
Gombe State Government is taking necessary measures to avert farmer-herder clash in the state, as farners prepare to hervest their produce.
To this end, the government has restricted migrating herders from coming into the State until the end of January 2022 when farmers in the State must have completed their harvest.
This was among other resolutions reached at an expanded State security council meeting chaired by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya at the Government House.
Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, the Commissioner of Information and Culture, Julius Ishaya Lapes said the council equally advised farmers to harvest their farm produce on the appropriate time and also cautioned them to avoid burning the remnants on their farmlands after harvest to enable cattle rearers feed their animals.
He explained that the meeting further put a stop to herding activities by under aged and equally restricted grazing activities from the hours of 6pm to 6am.
The Commissioner of Information and Culture said the expanded state security council meeting also reviewed the earlier imposed 10pm-5am movements restrictions within and outside the State as a result of covid-19 pandemic to 12 midnight-5am.
He said security of the State and the discouragement of night travels were chiefly behind reasons for the review and appealed to Security Agencies to ensure full compliance with the new State government directive.
Mr. Julius Lepez, told the media gathering that in conjunction with the motorcycles riders association, Commercial tricycle and relevant Unions, the State government has advised its members to register their fleets on or before October 31st, 2021 as security Agencies have been directed to sanction any defaulters of the deadline.
He said that the state government had, earlier in the year, set up a committee to fine-tune ways of ensuring that there was no clash between farmers and herders in the state.
All these measures, he said, were to avoid any form of conflicts and protect the harvest for the present cropping season, “knowing full well that the season has not been good in some parts of the country.
“So the little we have cultivated, we should be able to protect them so we don’t find ourselves in food crisis,” he said.
The expanded security council meeting held at the Council’s chamber of the Gombe government House was attended by relevant cabinet members of the state government, heads of security Agencies, selected traditional and community leaders.
Ismaila Uba Misilli
( Press Affairs)
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