Ahead of the takeoff of open grazing ban in southern states, Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq yesterday met with Fulani leaders in Ilorin, the state capital.
AbdulRazaq said the meeting was aimed at forging a consensus on how to manage herders/farmers’ relationship amid ultimatums on cattle grazing in some southern states and mass movement of herders to the north, especially Kwara.
“The meeting is for security and peaceful coexistence especially in the light of what is happening around us. So, there was the need to also engage the Fulani in Kwara on how to manage such movement.
“There is a security implication from such, and what the government is doing, including the National Livestock Transformation Programme and the special agriculture processing zone, is basically to engage the Fulani community for better understanding on programmes like nomadic education, healthcare delivery, water projects and empowerment that are lined up for them,” AbdulRazaq told newsmen on the sidelines of the meeting.
He said the second phase of the National Livestock Transformation Programme would soon take off, with Kwara being a part of the beneficiary states.
The governor urged the leaders of Fulani community in the state to work with the government and other stakeholders to prevent crime and guarantee peace and security in the state, reassuring them of fair treatment in all scheme of things.
He assured that Fulani in Kwara, like other communities in the state, would receive government’s protection and patronage in terms of infrastructure and social security programmes.
The meeting was attended by Fulani leaders and representatives from across the 16 local government areas of the state.
President, Fulani Elite, Kwara State chapter, Alhaji Ahmed Magaji, said it was unfortunate that nomadic identity is being painted badly and lamented their age-long suffering from discrimination and poor access to quality education.