UNIABUJA, other federal projects on alleged grazing routes – Report

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University Of Abuja, Other FG Structures Constructed On Grazing Route — FG Officials
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By By WazobiaReporters On Aug 29, 2021

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University of Abuja, Other FG Structures Constructed On Grazing Route — FG officials

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A senior official at the Presidency has disclosed that the University of Abuja as well as many other federal structures are on the grazing route.

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WazobiaReporters reports that the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that several programmes had been developed by the Federal Government towards the exercise, while some were currently ongoing in various states to address the conflict occasioned by the movement of pastoralists from one location to another.

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Following the directive by the President Muhammadu Buhari, for the reclamation of grazing routes in states across the country, senior officials in the Presidency and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have given a hint as to how they will go about the assignment.

However, according to Sunday PUNCH, some federal structures were already constructed on grazing routes, with a tertiary institution in the Federal Capital Territory named as one of such structures.

Commenting on structures located on grazing routes, during an interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja, a senior official at the Presidency, who pleaded to be anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the matter, said, “The University of Abuja is on the stock (grazing) route.

“I used to see monuments on the stock routes and these routes have been encroached on for a long time. So, retracing them will unearth a lot of things. In many states, farmers are farming on the stock routes.”

On whether it would not be possible to retrace the routes, considering the massive level of encroachment on them, the official replied, “There are some that you can still retrace.

“You will be surprised to know that even some Fulani are not after reclaiming the stock routes and the grazing reserves because they are farming there. Some of them now say that it (the farms) is what they are surviving on.”

The official explained that the stock routes connect one grazing reserve to another.

The source explained that the primary stock routes were routes that moved from one ECOWAS state to the other, while the secondary stock routes were routes that moved from state to state.

“The tertiary routes are the stock routes that connect grazing reserves within a state and cattle breeders know these routes and use the monuments on them as guides,” the official stated.

Also speaking on grazing reserves and routes, a director at the FMARD stated that the government in collaboration with Gombe State was currently developing a model grazing reserve in the state.

The source noted that a lot of programmes were being embarked upon by the Federal Government for pastoralists, adding that once the projects become functional there would be rapid livestock transformation in Nigeria.

The official said, “There is a model grazing reserve currently being established in Gombe and some media personnel were there. There is another intervention in Borno State.

“Apart from that, we also have within our capital budget, development of pasture in grazing reserves and settlements where we have pastoralists.”

 

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