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Gov Zulum inaugurates committee on farmers-herders conflict

Mr Zulum also tasked the committee to identify and document the grazing reserves and their current status in Borno.

• February 9, 2024
Killer Herdsmen
Armed Herdsman used to illustrate the story

Governor Babagana Zulum has inaugurated a committee to stop the incessant farmers and herders clashes that often resulted in loss of lives and shortage of food crops in Borno.

During the committee’s inauguration at the Government House in Maiduguri, Mr Zulum said the committee’s mandate was to determine the causes of conflicts between farmers and herders in Borno.

While charging the committee to complete the task within two months, the governor urged it to recommend measures to prevent future occurrences.

Mr Zulum also tasked the committee to identify and document the grazing reserves and their current status in Borno.

The committee comprises 21 members and includes security agencies, the Miyetti Allah Association, the Alhaya Development Association, and representatives of traditional institutions.

Similarly, the governor inaugurated the Bama Phase II Reconstruction Committee and the Streetlight Maintenance and Installation Committee. 

He tasked the committee to identify IDPs willing to return to Bama town, Kumshe, Darajamal, and Tarmuwa in Bama LGA and resettle them accordingly.

“Bama Phase II reconstruction is prompted by the relative peace enjoyed in the state, coupled with our resettlement efforts towards ensuring the voluntary return of internally displaced persons to all safe areas to enable them to regain their sources of livelihood,” Mr Zulum said.

He added that the reconstruction of LGAs along the border, such as Bama, Abadam, and Kukawa, was prioritised to allow the return of Nigerians seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

“The eight-member Bama reconstruction committee is headed by the State Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Engr. Lawan Abba Wakilbe.

“The streetlight maintenance and installation committee consists of six members, with the Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Babagana Mallumbe, as chairman.

“The committee will ensure the maintenance of streetlights, with priorities on Maiduguri Metropolis and Jere Local Government, while also considering other major towns across the three senatorial zones.

“The committee will also oversee the conversion of streetlights, which use diesel-powered generators, to alternative solar-powered ones to reduce the rising cost of maintenance,” said Mr Zulum.

Speaking on behalf of all the committees, Lawan Wakilbe, the education commissioner, expressed gratitude to the governor for assigning them the tasks.

He assured the governor of their unwavering commitment to fulfilling their assigned tasks and delivering as scheduled. 


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