According to Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE), Bashir Usman, at a training workshop on the remodelling exercise held in Zaria, Kaduna State on December 3, 2019, the exercise is a modified Ruga.
Mr Usman said the government’s efforts to transform and modernise the country’s livestock industry through the NLTP.
Reacting to the development, Kwara State Chairman of Nigerian Union Agriculture and Allied Employees, Dr. David Ehindero, while commending the move demanded for an immediate legal backing that’ll expressly state the rules of engagement before the implementation of the exercise.
Ehindero said “The State government should before implementing and donating land for the exercise which has become a necessity due to the security and economic angle to the farmers/herders crisis enact enabling laws.
“The law should among other things expressly state that the land so donated doesn’t belong to the Fulani’s, rather the ownership still lies solely with the indigenous owners and thus guide against future strife of ownership, which might likely lead to a bigger monster in 50 to 100 years after the commencement.
“In that light, the herders must be made to pay a mutually agreed lease or rent fee to the indigenous owners to confirm and document the ownership for future generation.
“Also, the law should prohibit open grazing from one location to the other, so as to make the settlement initiative successful and sustainable” he added.