The Billital Maroobe Pastoralist Association of Nigeria (BILMPAN) has called on the Federal Government to prevail on Jigawa Government to return the grazing lands it seized from its members.
Alhaji Ya’u Malammadori, a member Board of Trustees (BoT) of the association in Nigeria, made the appeal in Dutse.
Malammadori says the Jigawa government took over some grazing lands without providing alternatives.
He said that pastoralists in jigawa were in a difficult situation because they derive their livelihood from grazing.
“Since Badaru seized these lands from us, we don’t know what to do and where to go with our animals.
“We are in dilemma because we are also indigenes of Jigawa and citizens of Federal Republic of Nigeria living peacefully with everyone:
“We wondered why he should deprive us of these privileges and rights,
“The grazing lands have been in existence since the colonial era but we wondered why the governor should take the lands from us without providing alternative, “mhe said.
He , therefore, called on the Federal Government to intervene in the matter in view of the fact that they don’t have any place to go.
He stressed the need for the Jigawa Government to return their grazing lands so as to prevent its members from moving from one place to another in search of pasture for their animals.
“Some of our members were driven from other states of the Federation in search of grazing land, we came back to home state, yet the little lands that we are grazing our animals were still seized from us.
“Honestly, we don’t know where to go again and we don’t know where to go and stay with our cows.”
He expressed regrets that when calamity befalls farmers or traders, government sympathises with them and even assist them but when cattle breeders lose their herds nobody cares.
When contacted, the Special Adviser to the Jigawa Governor on Media and Publicity, Malam Bello Zaki said that he is not aware of the case.
He explained that the ministry of agriculture is in the best position to comment on the issue.
Badaru in 2017 allocated some lands in Gagarawa, Taura and Hadejia Local Government Areas to Chinese Firm and Dangote Group of Companies.
The lands were allocated to the companies for the establishment of a sugar factory and manufacturing of other products.
Source: Voice Of Nigeria