Friday, 28 October 2016

Move cattle out of FCT, Minister tells herdsmen

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello said on Tuesday
that herdsmen must move their cattle out of the Federal Capital

Bello gave the warning when he met with members of the
Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, FCT
Chapter, in Abuja.

The minister noted that there is no way, such animals can co-
habit with the residents.

Bello said that this is part of efforts to totally stop cattle grazing
in Abuja metropolis and major entrance and exit highways into
the city centre.

According to him, the decision is for safety reasons; cattle
should not roam on the streets and highways in the city.
“This is not because the government wants to prevent cattle
breeders from rearing cattle in the Territory.

“You have to understand that when Abuja Environmental
Protection Board says cattle should not roam the city, it is not
because they want to prevent cattle breeders from raring cattle
in the FCT.

“Basically, it is just for safety. It is for safety of your cattle and
above all, safety of the citizens.

“In a modern city, it’s not possible for animals and vehicles to
move together on the roads because this could cause accidents,
which in some cases could be fatal, and it is our duty to protect
lives and property,” he said.

The minister implored the association to nominate some of their
members to serve in the Ministerial Task Team on Environment
to ensure that there is smooth communication between FCTA
and the association.

Bello said that the FCT Administration has moved a step further
to identify new grazing reserves that will cater for their

“A total of 33,485 hectares have already been earmarked for
grazing reserves to cater for about 7 million herds of cattle
comprising of Paikon Kore – 8,500 hectares.

“Karshi – 6,000 hectares, Kawu in Bwari – 9,000 hectares and
Rubochi in Kuje has 9,985 hectares,” the Minister revealed.
Bello said that the critical issue is payment of compensation to
the farmers.

He said that FCT Administration will work together with the
National Assembly to resolve the issue amicably.

The minister explained that the FCT Administration may even
reach out to the host communities to work out a situation where
compensation does not have to be in monetary terms because of
the large expanse of land involved.

“Nothing should prevent the communities that are there and the
Fulanis living together because you don’t always have to move
people away,” he said.

The minister thanked Miyatti Allah for its support to the FCT
Administration and also to the Federal Government.

Bello urged them to continue to robustly support the
government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Earlier, the Chairman of the FCT Chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle
Breeders Association of Nigeria, Malam Yahaya Isah said the
association would continue to promote peaceful co-existence.

He promised that his association will enlighten the members
not to breed their cattle on the streets and highways of Abuja

NAN recalls that the Abuja Environmental Protection Board
(AEPB) had arrested 589 hawkers, 25 cows, 51 sheep and nine
herdsmen between May and September.

Mrs Omolola Olanipekun, Acting Director of the board said in
Abuja that the herdsmen and the animals were arraigned in the
FCT mobile court.

Olanipekun said that the board had embarked on dialogue with
the leadership of the herdsmen in the FCT to explain to them the
implication of moving their animals into the city centres.



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