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Bauchi Assembly initiate plans to reclaim grazing reserves

Bauchi Assembly initiate plans to reclaim grazing reserves

The Bauchi state house of assembly has initiated plans to reclaim encroached cattle routes and grazing reserves in the State.

In a motion that was moved by Dan’umma Bello the member representing Giade constituency, the house called on the State Government to reclaim all the cattle routes and the grazing reserves as well.

During the Wednesday’s plenary season, Dan’umma explained to house that several cattle routes that were created across the state have been encroached into by politicians and traditional rulers.

The lawmaker said: “Recently the State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad had constituted a Special Committee to look into the remote and immediate causes of an uprising that engulfed Zadawa Town in Misau LGA”.

According to him “the findings, revealed that a grazing area which existed for several years is now being cultivated as farmland which led to fracas and subsequent destruction of lives and property of innocent victims”.

While urging the state government to penalize those involved in encroaching or selling of the grazing reserves, Dan’umma prayed that the House would ask the Government to as for matter urgency implement the findings of the Committee to arrest the reoccurrence of another episode.

He also suggest that the government should issue a circular revoking all farmlands and structures erected and reconvert the areas to grazing field. The member also prayed that the Government should construct earth dams in all hitherto existing herdsmen settlements so as to enjoy unfettered access to pasture and water point which he said will accommodate Fulani herdsmen moving from South to North.

Bauchi Assembly initiate plans to reclaim grazing reserves

According to Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu, from Azare Madangala constituency, the Government had been proactive in facing the incident in Zadawa area of the state. He said the government has setup a white paper committee on the recommendations of the earlier committee.

He advised that house should rather compel the government to ensure the full implementation of the report by the white paper committee, when submitted.

On his part, Hon. Baballle Abubakar Dambam from Dambam/Dagauda/Malam constituency, opined that the motion should be referred to the house committee on Forestry and Environment so as to further deliberate with the relevant agencies and committees.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the house, Abubakar Suleiman (Dangaladiman Ningi) directed the house committee on Forestry and Environment to liaise with Dan’umma and other actors to work on the motion.

Bauchi Assembly initiate plans to reclaim grazing reserves

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