Nigeria’s Federal Government has set aside N940 million in the 2016 budget for the development of strategic grazing reserves to stem the tide of herdsmen and farmers clashes in the country.
This is contained in the breakdown of the budget by the Minister of Budget and Planning, Udo Udoma on Thursday at the Presidential Villa.
It will be recalled that herdsmen and farmers clash has been on the front burner in the last few weeks and attempts by the National Assembly to debate on the grazing bill have been resisted by a cross section of Nigerians.
This is even as the government on Tuesday in the Senate hearing on herdsmen/farmers clash, reaffirmed its plans to establish cattle ranches as lasting solution to the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria.
However, the herdsmen, under the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, rejected the proposal of the government to establish cattle ranches but insisted on having grazing reserves and routes.
Udoma in his briefing listed several projects in pursuit of the nation’s goal of self-sufficiency/food security which includes N940m for the development of strategic grazing reserves.
There is, however, no provision in the same budget for rebuilding, resettling, and compensating the victims of Fulani herdsmen terrorist attack. The government, according to one of the victims who spoke to newsmen, is interested only in compensating the Fulani for behaving badly even at the expense of the victims.
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