Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FG set to establish grazing reserves in select states

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has revealed government’s plan to begin the re-creation of Grazing Reserves across the country.

Chief Ogbeh, dropped the hint at a meeting with participants of Executive Intelligence Management Course Twelve, EIMC12 and Faculty Members of the Institute for Security Studies, lower Usma Dam, Bwari, Abuja.

He said Federal Government will soon embark on re-creation of grazing reserves only in states that indicate interest in the arrangement.

Ogbe said re-creation of grazing reserves became necessary because of the Farmers and Herders conflict, and high level of unemployment in the country in which the grazing reserves will help in solving the problems.

He then said, “We are not going to any state that is not interested and we are not going to collect any bodies land.” 

He therefore called on the individuals who have interest and ability to build grazing reserve to do so and promised government support.

The Minister thanked the delegates saying that what the Institute is doing is for the development of West-Africa region and Africa in general.

He added that the security analysis embarked upon in the Institute is good gesture as it will help in developing our democracy especially during election where we have high level of violence due to desperate politicians.

He called on the participants to focus on the security challenges facing the West Africa Region and Africa in general.

Earlier, the Director of the Institute, Alhaji S. Adeleke represented by the Deputy Director Studies, Dr. Wali said that the theme of this year’s course is Transhumance and International Migration: Challenges on Governance, Peace and Sustainable Development in sub-Sahara Africa.

The Team Leader said that the purpose of the visit is to thank the Minister for his laudable achievement in curtailing the Agro-Terrorism where people are hoarding farm inputs and also congratulate him on the success that the country achieved in the Agricultural sector.

The Sixty-Four participants of Executive Intelligence Management Course Twelve and Faculty members of the Institute for Security Studies, are drawn from 21 Agencies in Nigeria and Five Foreign Nationale from Benin Republic, Liberia, Niger and Sierra Leone.

The participants consist of very Senior Officers from the Military Intelligence, Security, Paramilitary, Law Enforcement, Regulatory and other Federal Government Strategic Agencies.

 

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