Niger state Commissioner for Livestock and Fisheries, Haruna Nuhu Dukku, has called on Fulani herdsmen at Bobi Grazing Reserve in Mariga LGA of the state to ensure production of high quality dairy, adding that failure to meet up with the required quantity will not be tolerated.
Mary Noel-Berje, chief press secretary (CPS) to the Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, in a statement, said the commissioner spoke during a stakeholders meeting organized by the state government as part of efforts at developing the Bobi Grazing Reserve.
According to the statement, the meeting was also aimed at educating the herdsmen on the need for their maximum support and participation in the modern animal husbandry.
Haruna Nuhu Dukku, assured that basic social amenities such as health care services, education, and market among others will be provided in the Reserve, while youths and women in the Reserve will also be empowered with skills to better their lives.
The commissioner added that the Fulanis outside the Reserve will be profiled before being accepted into the reserve and all settlers in the reserve must have a national identity card for security purpose, pointing out that at the moment, there are about 300 security personnel both within and outside the Reserve comprising of mobile police and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
He further explained that the state government has identified one hundred youths in the Reserve who will soon be trained and equipped to compliment the conventional security agents, even as the government has received a nod from the military for support.
Also speaking at the meeting, the Emir of Muri, Taraba State, Alhaji Tafida Abbas, who is the consultant in the development of the Reserve said modern animal husbandry is the way to go in order to curb incessant farmers/herders crisis.
Bobi Grazing Reserve
He revealed that on completion of the perimeter fencing of the 31,000 hectare Reserve, the security challenges such as cattle rustling and kidnappings would be addressed.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Livestock, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Jonathan Wasa, said that the success and development of the Grazing Reserve was hinged on the level of support from the Fulani herders within the Reserve, adding that government is profiling the number of cattle in the Reserve for record purposes.
Some residents of the reserve including Sarkin Fulani Alhaji Bello Taloye, in their separate remarks expressed concerns over the state of security at the reserve but, however, pledged their support and maximum corporation to the development of the Reserve.
Several companies are currently carrying out various activities at the Reserve such as foliage cultivation, sinking of boreholes, work on the dam amongst others.