President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, August 19, approved the recommendation of a committee on the review of grazing sites across the country.
The action will kick-start the process of retrieving the 368 grazing sites that have been encroached upon in 25 out of the 36 states of the country.
In a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, the President charged the committee to determine the levels of encroachment and bring more understanding on the grazing reserves and implementation.
The committee had recommended the collection of field data on the 368 grazing reserves across 25 states of Nigeria to assess encroachment and encroachers.
It also recommended production of maps, geo-mapping/tagging of sites, analysis of findings, and appropriate communication on grazing reserves and operations.
The number of the grazing reserves and states were deduced from considerations of existing security concerns and other pre-existing socio-economic considerations.
The committee is chaired by Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to the President; with Kebbi State Governor as Vice Chairman. Other members of the committee include Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, National Food Security Council; David Umahi, Ebonyi State Governor and Chairman of NEC sub-committee for National Livestock Transformation Plan; Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources; Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, Minister of Environment; and Ade Ipaye, Deputy Chief of Staff,.
The committee will also make recommendations for gazetting of ungazetted grazing reserves and create a database of national cattle herders and ensure that grazing reserves are well communicated to all stakeholders.
Similarly, a technical sub-committee comprising representatives from Federal Government Agencies, including the Ministry of Justice; National Space Research Development Agency, NASRDA, National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA, and the Surveyor-General of the Federation.
President Buhari’s moves to revive the 368 grazing reserves in 25 out of the 36 states in the country, is despite opposition from several quarters, including the Nigerian Southern Governors Forum.