Friday, April 12, 2024

MACBAN Calls for Allocation of Grazing Areas for Herders

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to allocate grazing areas for herders, for them to move their cows to these areas, and find a permanent solution.

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to allocate grazing areas for herders, for them to move their cows to these areas, and find a permanent solution.

The Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Osi Braimah, while speaking at a meeting between AEPB and MACBAN in Abuja, disclosed that the meeting was intended to bring about a permanent solution for the difficult issue of cattle grazing in the FCT.

Braimah noted that in a bid to resolve the problem of cattle grazing in the FCT, quarterly meetings are held to address the matter, adding that it is more pressing now because soon the entire world will be focused on not just Nigeria but on Abuja as a result of the inauguration of the new president.

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The AEPB director cautioned that anyone who violates the regulations will be apprehended, along with their livestock, by a joint effort of AEPB enforcement officers and the police force or other law enforcement personnel already present.

He stated that the agency is making every effort to keep the city pristine in anticipation of the new administration, living up to the extremely high standards it has imposed, which justified the FCT Minister’s strong support.

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The Chairman of MACBAN in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Usman Muhammad, recalled how the association attended a meeting with the FCT Minister and investors from Dubai, noting that the meeting enabled them to bring their issues to the attention of the Minister.

Muhammad described how the investors expressed interest in investing in more profitable cattle rearing and introduced herders to up-to-date cattle rearing practices, while calling on the new government to aid them in dealing with cattle rustling by setting up grazing areas for them.

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