The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Southeast zone, has said they have no issues over the the position of the South east governors on how to control herders and farmers misunderstanding in the southeast .
Speaking in an interview with journalists in Awka, Anambra State capital, on Wednesday, the South East zonal Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Giddado Sadiq, said it was a welcome development, since the governors were Chief Security of their respective states and took the measure to solve them.
Recall that South East Governors had in a meeting held in Enugu last week with enlarged stakeholders, among other things, banned movement of herdsmen and their cattle from one state to another, saying it was a source and point of conflict between farmers and the herders in the region.
The meeting was also resolved to restrain the movement of cattles and herdsmen from community to communities across farmlands, as well as banned herdsmen who move about with AK 47 guns and cutlasses.
Speaking On the ban of herders from using guns and other sophisticated weapons, Sadiq said the MACBAN equally placed a ban on it, adding that such is against the constitution of the country.
The MACBAN zonal boss further announced that cattle menace committee in Anambra state has embarked on data capturing of cattle breeders in the state for safety and peaceful coexistence with farmers in the region.
He said the data capturing is to ensure that all herders in Anambra state and their locations are known stressing that this will help for easy identification and tracking whenever the need arises.
He also explained that they have a cattle menace control committee in Anambra, Peace and security committee in Enugu, cattle resolution committee in Ebonyi, and other measures in Abia and Imo states respectively.
Speaking further, Alhaji Sadiq said These committees adopted different measures that will enhance peaceful coexistence of farmers and herders.
He also said with these measures in place, once there is a former complaints of the destruction of cattle or farmlands, the committee will access and evaluate the level of damages done, then the person or persons involve will pay adequate compensation to those whose cattle or farmlands were affected.
He said but if the person involved is not identified, the leadership of Fulani or President-General/traditional ruler of the community will pay as required.
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