Kebbi to improve animal production with naira 1.7 billion loan
The government of Kebbi State has revealed that it has secured loans of N 1.7 billion as part of efforts to improve animal production and other forms of animal husbandry in the state.
Governor Atiku Bagudu said this during the continuing meeting of Fulani Stakeholders for Peace, Security and Unity in Birnin-Kebbi, the state capital on Sunday.
He said: “My administration will support ongoing efforts to improve the lives of the Fulani through animal husbandry and milk production, and the empowerment of Fulani women, as well as to improve other forms of activities. agricultural.
“This administration has already secured a loan of 1.7 billion naira to improve animal production and other forms of animal husbandry.”
Bagudu promised to review the recommendations made at the meeting to address issues of clashes between farmers and herders, roads for livestock and insecurity in the state.
He said the purpose of the meeting was to review progress and address challenges with a view to coming up with plausible solutions.
Bagudu revealed that his government has established a steering committee to review grazing reserves, livestock routes and resolve lingering contentious issues between Fulani farmers and herders in order to engender lasting peace and security. in the state.
“The government is fully aware of the issues raised, just as it has already started to implement some of the recommendations raised by the committee.
“No matter how hard the government tries, there has to be understanding and acceptance of those affected to have a positive effect on their lives,” he said.
Bagudu also revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated him, along with six other governors, to ensure an end to banditry and the restoration of normalcy in the northwestern region of the country.
“The President is fully committed to protecting the lives and property of all law-abiding and peaceful citizens of the country.
“We salute the relentless efforts of our military and other security agencies
“We also call on Nigerians to be less worried about the enemies of peace and unity, as they are few in number and we all have to face.
“Ensuring security in the country is a collective responsibility. As such, all hands should be on the bridge in that direction, ”the governor said.
Former state governor Saidu Dakingari, who is also chairman of the elite Fulani steering committee, suggested that plausible solutions to the issues resolved should be offered in the upcoming third installment of the meeting.
He praised Governor Bagudu for his efforts to restore the state’s lost glory and to make the state a true trailblazer and pioneer in the country.
Dakingari assured that the committee would follow all the issues raised as recommendations in addressing the issues, stressing the need for justice, fairness and equality for all Fulani as a panacea for peace and security.
“All land belonging to the Fulani must be returned, cattle routes and pasture reserves must be reactivated.
“It is important for the government to issue land ownership certificates to the Fulani as was the case before,” he advised.
The Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Bashir Ilyasu, represented by Sarkin Gobir of Kalgo, Haruna Jadda, assured the governor of his support as traditional leaders to achieve peace in their areas.