The conflict between farmers and herders in Enugu State may soon be resolved. St the moment, the state House of Assembly has passed a bill allowing the state government to establish an agency for managing both government and privately owned ranches.

Before the bill was passed, Clifford Obe, asserted that the legislation would bring an end to the farmers/herders turmoil in the state.

Enugu Assembly Weighs In On Farmers/Herders Conflict

Advertisement

Obe is the lawmaker representing Igbo-Eze North Constituency II.

The lawmaker attributed the decline in agricultural output in the market to the farmers/herders crisis.

He added that it has forced numerous farmers off their lands, consequently leading to heightened crime rates and rural-to-urban migration.

Registration Of Herders

Obe said: “The bill will help people not to be afraid. It will make it a must for herders to register whenever they enter any community.

“It will reduce crime and how cattle mess up our city and rural communities because there would be an agency on the ground to guide the herders.

“Above all, the state government would be able to collect tax from the herders, who before now didn’t pay any tax”.

Also, Okechukwu Aneke, the representative for Udi South Constituency, spoke on this same issue.

Advertisements

Aneke emphasised that there was no reason for apprehension regarding the bill.

The Designated Area

Furthermore, he highlighted that herdsman encompassed various ethnicities beyond the Fulani community.

The legislator reiterated the bill’s aim, which is to regulate herders, noting that those invading and attacking communities in the state do not represent genuine herders.

Aneke said: “This agency, when established, will have a designated area where the cattle and their herders will be stationed.

“Any herder who is found in our bush and not in the designated place should be treated as an intruder and a kidnapper”.

Uninformed Detractors

Another lawmaker, Chima Obieze, expressed regret over the bill’s criticism.

Also Read: Herders, Farmers Clashes: Taraba govt partners FG on model cattle ranching

He suggests that detractors are uninformed about its contents and that there is no cause for alarm.

Also, he urged the public not to dissuade individuals from other regions from engaging in business activities in Enugu.

Furthermore, he emphasised that nomadic herders are welcome in the state as long as they abide by existing laws.

Advertisement

Leave a ReplyCancel reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.