President Muhammadu Buhari has given approval on the recommendations of a committee suggesting the review “with dispatch, 368 grazing sites, across 25 states in the country, and to determine the levels of encroachment.”
He said the committee was chaired by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja, said, among others, the committee had recommended the field data collection on 368 Grazing Reserves across 25 states; to assess encroachment and encroachers, stakeholder engagements, as well as sensitization.
Buhari noted that the Committee also recommended the production of maps and geo-mapping/tagging of sites; analysis of findings and report preparations; as well as design appropriate communication on grazing reserves and operations.
“The number of the grazing reserves and states were deduced from considerations of existing security concerns; as well as other pre-existing socio-economic conditions,’’ he said.
Buhari, directed that the assignment be undertaken with dispatch; to bring more understanding on the grazing reserves and implementation.
Members of the committee include, Governor of Kebbi State and Vice Chairman, National Food Security Council, Atiku Bagudu; Governor of Ebonyi and Chairman of NEC Sub-Committee for National Livestock Transformation Plan, David Umahi as well as Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu.
Others are; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono; Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood; and also Deputy Chief of Staff, Ade Ipaye.
The Technical Sub-Committee consists of representatives from the seven members of the main committee; in addition to representatives from Ministry of Justice; Surveyor-General of the Federation; National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA); as well as National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA).
The Committee terms of reference; include collation from states and confirm the status of all Grazing Reserves, assess the percentage of available land and those with existing encroachment complications; for case-by-case resolution in partnership with state governments and the FCT.