Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, has said in a statement issued on Thursday, August 19, that, President Muhammadu Buhari, has given an approval for the review of 368 grazing reserves, across 25 states of the federation.
Shehu said, this followed the recommendations from the inaugural meeting of the committee, held on May 10, 2021 which was chaired by the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, that discussed the matter on open grazing and grazing reserves in the country.
According to the Presidential spokesperson, Mallam Shehu, part of the committee’s recommendation, was the collection of field data on grazing routes, to assess levels of encroachment, stakeholder engagements, and sensitization.
Other recommendations of the committee were, production of maps for geo-mapping and/or tagging of sites, designing of appropriate communication on grazing reserves and operations and the need for analysis of findings and report preparations on grazing reserves.
Reports from the meeting also stated that, based on security concerns and other pre-existing socio-economic conditions, the number of grazing reserves put forward for each state, were to be considered.
Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed in the statement that, President Buhari directed the assignment undertaken by the committee, to facilitate more understanding on grazing reserves in the country, which include collation of data from states, and confirmation of grazing reserves status in each state.
Among its terms of reference, the committee was also expected to confirm from states the status of grazing reserves, assess the percentage of available land and those with existing encroachment complications for case-by-case resolution. This, according to the statement, would be done in partnership with states government and the FCT, Abuja.
The Committee also made recommendations for gazetting of ungazetted grazing reserves and the creation of a database of National Cattle Herders which is useful for ensuring that, the idea of Grazing Reserves are well communicated to all stakeholders.
Members of the committee include, Governor of Kebbi State and Vice Chairman, National Food Security Council, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of NEC Sub-Committee for National Livestock Transformation Plan, David Umahi, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar and Deputy Chief of Staff, Ade Ipaye.
While members of 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) and National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA).