The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to soon begin the reconstruction of all grazing reserves located all over the country.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh made this disclosure while speaking with participants of the Executive Intelligence management Course Twelve (EIMC12) and Institute for Security Studies, Usma Dam, Bwari, when they paid him a visit.
The Director of Information at the ministry, Mr Nakorji Mohammed, quoted the minister as saying that the grazing reserves reconstruction had become inevitable as a result of the farmers- herders conflicts. He also quoted the minister as saying that the reconstruction was crucial for the Federal Government to address the high unemployment rate in the country.
“The grazing reserves will help in solving these problems.
“We are not going to any state that is not interested and we are not going to collect anyone’s land,’’ the minister assured.
The minister also made an appeal to individuals who were interested and had the ability to build grazing reserves to do so, as the government would support such initiatives.
Mr Audu Ogbeh also advised members of the institute to focus on addressing the security challenges across the West Africa region and Africa in general.
Alhaji A.S. Adeleke, the Director of the institute ably represented by the Deputy Director Studies, Dr A.M Wali explained that the purpose of their visit was to commend the country’s initiatives and achievements in the agriculture sector.
He also commended the ministry in its efforts in curtaining the hoarding of farm inputs and explained that the course participants were from 21 agencies in the country. In addition other participants senior officers form the military intelligence and other government agencies from Liberia, Benin Republic, Niger and Sierra- Leone.
Adeleke also informed the minister that this year’s course is `Transhuman and International Migration: Challenges on Governance, Peace and Sustainable Development in sub-Sahara Africa’