The Secretary to the Government of Niger State (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane has reiterated the State Government’s commitment toward making Bobi Grazing Reserve in Mariga Local Government Area of the State a model in the country.
NIGER STATE GOVERNMENT MAKES BOBI GRAZING RESERVE A MODEL - SSG
Ahmed Matane disclosed this at the commissioning of Rotational Grazing Project which consists of Twenty One Paddocks provided by Schools for Africa, a non-governmental organization led by the Director Phyllis Sortor held at Block 2, Bobi Grazing Reserve.
The SSG explained that the measures taken by the State Government to make Bobi Grazing Reserve a model would serve as an example to other State Governments on how peace can be attained by providing Herders with land and teach them how best to use the land.
He revealed that State Government has already gazetted the Grazing Reserve and has gone far with its development through the provision of all the necessary infrastructures thereby making it more functional.
Ahmed Matane called on the Herdsmen to safeguard the facilities provided from vandalization and also maintain the natural eco-system in order to achieve the set goals and objectives.
The SSG called on the Leaders of the Herdsmen at the Grazing Reserve to be very vigilant, security conscious and report all suspicious characters, movements and objects to security agents.
“Security is everybody’s responsibility; therefore, all hands must be on deck in complementing Government efforts towards safeguarding lives and property of the people”, Matane added.
He commended the Director, Schools for Africa, Phyllis Sortor for her doggedness and support to the development of the Grazing Reserve as well as educating the wards of the Herdsmen.
In his address at the occasion, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Jonathan Wasa assured the Fulani Herdsmen that the present administration led by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello would continue to provide laudable projects that will better their living standard.
Dr. Wasa stressed that Niger State Government would not go back on the implementation of the RUGA settlement project in the State despite the suspension of the project by the Federal Government.
In her remarks, the Director, Schools for Africa, Phyllis Sortor disclosed that the planned rotational grazing system is being used successfully all over the world to not only feed the cattle but to save land from desertification.
The Director said the expansion of Bobi Grazing Reserve is a welcome development as the School for Africa would continue to teach and demonstrate the planned, rotational grazing so that the grazing land provided will be properly developed and useful for many years to come.
The Sarkin Fulani of Bobi Grazing Reserve, Ardo Abubakar Ahijo urged Government to hasten the provision of additional vaccination centre as well as construct more feeder roads in order to alleviate their sufferings.