The State Chairman of the Farmers/Herders Conflict Prevention and Settlement of Disputes Committee, Dr Barnabas Malle, has urged the people of the state to refrain from spreading false alarm for the sake of peace in the region and across Nigeria.
Malle, who also serves as the Commissioner, in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, and Cooperative, made this call during the committee’s advocacy visit to the palaces of Lamido Akko, Emir of Pindiga, and Mai Tangle in Akko and Billiri Local Government Areas.
The advocacy visit aimed to sensitise farmers and herders on the importance of maintaining a continuous understanding between them to ensure a trouble-free harvest period in the state.
He emphasised the need for farmers to expedite the evacuation of their produce, refrain from burning crop residues, and discourage night grazing. He warned against entrusting herds to underage children, stating that the committee would take disciplinary action against those found in violation.
While commending the state governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, for addressing the state’s concerns, Malle called on farmers and herders to collaborate with the government’s efforts to re-establish cattle routes and resting points, promoting peace and stability.
In their welcoming addresses, the Caretaker Chairman of Akko Local Government Council, Alhaji Abubakar Usman Barambu, and the Chairperson of Billiri, Mrs Magret Bitrus, affirmed their commitments to ensuring a smooth harvest period. They highlighted the establishment of a joint security task force at all entry points to enforce compliance.
The responses from Lamido Akko Alhaji Umar Mohammad Atiku, Emir of Pindiga Alhaji Mohammad Seyoji Ahmad, and the representative of Mai Tangle Alhaji Yunusa Adamu Galadima, expressed gratitude to the state governor for forming the committee. They commended the committee’s advocacy visit and pledged their full support.
Leaders of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria and Miyetti Allah, Alhaji Modibbo Sadiq Ahmad Nafada, and Alhaji Modibbo Yaya, respectively, called on farmers and herders to be law-abiding citizens for a successful harvest period.
The committee entertained questions and answers at all the palaces visited, fostering dialogue and understanding among the community members.
Cov. Abubakar Abdullahi.