The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has charged the North to sit up and face the decision of southern governors to place a ban on open grazing in their states.
National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, said northern governors should rise up to the challenge by working out a solution of their own that will be generally acceptable.
He spoke with the Nation and said: “We can’t ignore the unanimous demand of the entire governments of the south on a particular issue, If the southern governors can be in agreement on an aspect, that means it is an issue and deserves to be given serious attention,”
“In a situation where the entire southern populace is synonymous with a particular aspect, I think this aspect deserves to be given attention. But the northern governors need to speak with their southern counterparts so that they can come up with a solution that is generally acceptable.”
“Ranching is a long term issue. Since we have these grazing reserves lying idle, why can’t we reactivate them? We as an association believe settlements for the pastoralists will be the only solution that will solve the farmers/herders conflicts in the country.”
“The time of roaming about looking for pasture is almost over, considering the growth in population of the country, challenges of land and climate change. This calls for an effective planning on the part of the federal government.
“Why can’t the northern governors begin to make these areas attractive to the pastoralists? Why can’t they reactivate and make the grazing reserves functional?
“The moment they provide water and pastures in the grazing reserves, this will attract the pastoralists in the south to relocate back to the north.
“It is only when you give them a place to stay that’s when you will have the opportunity to give them education and also provide them with veterinary clinics, hospital services among others, which will stop them from roaming about.