Bobi grazing reserve is Niger solution to farmers, herdsmen clash - Gov. Sani-Bello
Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger says revitalization of Bobi Cattle Grazing Reserve is a deliberate intervention by his administration to proffer lasting solution to the farmers and herdsmen incessant clashes.
He made this disclosure after a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Audu Ogbeh in Abuja.
Sani-Bello who described the recurrent bloody clashes between farmers and herdsmen as needless, said the state was poised to end of the violent faceoff, hence the revitalization of Bobi and other grazing reserves in the state.
He said that there are three gazetted grazing reserves in the state but his administration is flagging off with over 31,000 hectares reserve in Bobi, Mariga Local Government area of the state,adding that works on the revitalization of the reserve are almost completed.
According to the governor "In Niger State what we are trying to do with the official flag off of Bobi Grazing Reserve is to show Nigerians that it is possible for herdsmen and farmers to live peacefully.
"Over time, we have noticed that the main reason for conflict between farmers and herdsmen was because of the encroachment into the grazing reserve. So this effort to revive the Bobi Grazing Reserve will hopefully be effective in addressing some of the security challenges and conflicts we are facing these days."
"So Niger State is working with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Central Bank of Nigeria to ensure that the Bobi Grazing Reserve comes to reality and our hope is that in few weeks time it will be the first Grazing Reserve to be flagged off in Nigeria."
In his remarks, Chief Audu Ogbeh described Sani-Bello as one of the governors committed to agricultural development activities in the country.
The Minister also assured that the Federal Government would partner with the state in making Bobi cattle ranch a flagship in the country.
He lauded the that Niger State Government investment in the 31,000 hectares of the gazzeted area at the Bobi Grazing Reseve.
Jibrin Baba Ndace
Chief Press Secretary