Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has advocated for improved policing in the country. The Governor stated this while answering questions from newsmen in Kaduna State, on the backdrop of the recent crisis on the Mambilla plateau.
He said the number of Police personnel in the country is grossly inadequate to curtail crisis. Governor Ishaku commended the Federal Government for their swift response to the Mambilla crises urging them to maintain the spirit.
The Governor stressed that he has inaugurated two committees to sensitize farmers and cattle rearers on the Mambilla plateau and called on the people of the area to support him.
He maintained that the economic viability of the area cannot be toyed with, hence the need for synergy towards the maintenance of peace for development to thrive. Governor Ishaku emphasized that ranching remains the only option for farmers and cattle rearers to live in peace and harmony and in turn boost their revenue base.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku yesterday inaugurated two committees that will be saddled with the responsibilities of sensitizing and educating the people of the state on the workings of the Taraba state Open Grazing Prohibition and the Establishment of Ranches Law 2017, hence the need for both farmers and graziers to come to terms with the new law.
Darius Ishaku who Inaugurated the two committees in the Exco Chamber of the Government House Jalingo, stated that the two committees which have been saddled with task of enlightenment and sensitization preparatory to full take off of the implementation of Ranching practice in the state, pointed out that, it is part of the promise he made while signing the Taraba state Open Grazing Prohibition and the Establishment of Ranches Law 2017, as a measure to end the incessant clashes between farmers and graziers in the state.
The Governor noted that the two committees which are the Farmers sensitization and Ranchers sensitization committees is aimed at building understanding and confidence in the minds of both farmers and cattle breeders and stressed that, in the course of the process which gave birth to the enactment of the law, cattle breeders have been largely misinformed by mischief makers who were bent on discrediting the good intention of the state government.
He explained that the two committees will function separately, which is the education of farmers and cattle breeders on the concept of the law as it affects them and the committees are expected to come together and compare notes for proper harmonization and report to Government on their findings which are expected to serve as a guide for Government in developing workable strategies for the implementation of the law in the state.
“I wish to appeal to the members of the two committees to view this assignment as a special call to duty by the Government and people of Taraba state. It is therefore expected of you to employ your wealth of experience and relationship with our farmers and cattle breeders to ensure that they come to terms with the revolution that is about to happen for the common good in the Agricultural sector.
“It will not be unexpected if you encounter any form of challenge or resistance in the course of this assignment, especially on the take-off, but I am confident that with your wealth of experience, you will be able to reach out to all the stakeholders by educating them and making them aware of the enormous social and economic benefits to them and the society,” he remarked.
Arc. Darius Ishaku used the forum to challenge elites, beckoning on them to join hands with Government and preach the gospel of Ranching and to educate farmers to embrace the cultivation of various rich grasses as a means of enhancing their economic status and posited that the prosperity of our people at the grassroots lies in the success of this law.
Responding on behalf of the two committees, the Chairman of the Ranchers Sensitization committee, who is also the Galadima Muri, Tukur Abba Tukur, appreciated the Taraba state Governor for finding them worthy out of the millions of Tarabans and bestowed on them the task of sensitizing both farmers and cattle breeders, and assured the Governor that the assignment will be carried out holistically.
Tukur Abba Tukur maintained that the two committees cannot afford to fail the state government, saying that they will ensure absolute diligence in the execution of the assignment, particularly in bringing both farmers and cattle breeders to understand the importance of the law and as well foster harmonious coexistence amongst them.
The two committees inaugurated by the state Governor, Darius Ishaku, where the Farmers Sensitization committee which will be chaired by Abdulrahaman Biyams while that of Ranchers Sensitization committee is to be headed by Tukur Abba Tukur who is the Galadima Muri.
The Executive Chairman of Wukari local government council in Taraba, Hon. Daniel Adi has urged herdsmen across the country to embrace ranching to better the education of their children.
Adi who was reacting to the anti-open grazing law recently passed by the state House of Assembly in an interview with journalists in Wukari said the old method of moving cows about was denying the children of cattle rearers access to education.
According to him, Fulani herdsmen and their children also deserve quality education just like the children of the elite in the society and called on Fulani elite not to be selfish, but support the law to give children of herdsmen equal access to education.
“Ranching will make the herdsmen stay in one place where government can provide schools, hospitals, water and other modern life infrastructure for them and their children.
“If education is not good, why is it that children of Fulani elite are not in the bush moving cows from one point to another, but are attending the best of schools in the country.
“I therefore, called on the Fulani elites especially in Taraba where their people protested against the anti-open grazing bill to help in sensitising and enlightening their people of the benefits of the law and government good intentions,” he said.
While calling on the people of the state to support the governor in his efforts to restore peace and bring development to the state, the chairman said the security of the herdsmen and farmers will also be better taken care of when the governor ascent to the law.
He lamented that the state has witnessed a lot of crises in the past and it was time to look inward and come out with measures that can help end the crises and bring development to the state.
Contrary to wide held views that the law was out to drive away Fulani herdsmen in the state, the chairman said it would rather help in improving the quality of livestock, adding that there was no such provision in the law.
On what he has done to bring peace in Wukari and it’s environs which used to witnessed a lot of crises, Adi said he was proactive and sincere in handling security issues in the local government without bias.