Herders appeal for return of seized lands in Jigawa state

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The Billitar Maroobe Pastoralist Association of Nigeria (BILMPAN) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on Jigawa government to return their grazing lands to its members.

A member Board of Trustees (BoT) of the association in West Africa, Alhaji Ya’u Malammadori said that pastoralists in jigawa were in a difficult situation because they derived their livelihood from grazing.

“The grazing lands have been in existence since the colonial era but we wondered why the governor should take the lands from us without providing alternative.
“We are, therefore, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly intervene because we are also indigenes of the state, we don’t have any place to go, ” he said.

He stressed the need for the Jigawa Government to return their grazing lands so as to prevent members of the association from moving from one place to another in search of pasture for their animals.

In 2017 the state government allocated some lands in Gagarawa, Taura and Hadejia Local Government Areas to Chinese Firm and Dangote Group of Companies.
The lands were for the establishment of sugar factory and manufacturing of other products.

 

Peace PIAK