The Senate rejects a new measure to create grazing routes

The Senate on Tuesday rejected new measures to create grazing routes for the country’s ranchers.

The upper house also resolved to form an ad hoc committee to organize a national summit to investigate the persistent problem of clashes between farmers and herders in the country and present recommendations for future legislative action.

The resolutions followed the Senate’s consideration of a motion on the attack and killing of residents in Omala Local Government Area of ​​Kogi State, allegedly by herdsmen.

The motion was moved by Senator Isah Jibrin (APC, Kogi East).

The Senate, which observed a minute of silence in honor of those killed in the area, ordered the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to those affected in the local government and now living in displaced persons camps. internal.

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The Senate, however, rejected an additional petition by Senator Mohammed Tahir Monguno (APC, Borno North), calling on the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to create new grazing routes in the country as a way to resolve the problem of clashes. between farmers and herders. .

Senator Monguno called for the creation of grazing routes to prevent livestock from grazing on farms and avoid conflicts between farmers and herders.

In his contribution, Senator Ahmed Lawan (APC, Yobe North) said: “There is nothing wrong with the federal government providing subsidies to herdsmen who have lost their livestock to rustlers.

“This is a security issue as much as an economic one. We should say it that way because we are looking for solutions. “We must continue to protect the lives and property of our citizens, which is the essence of governance.”