The livelihood of Nigerians in Yamaltu-Deba and other areas is significantly impacted by disputes between farmers and herders, according to a memorandum submitted by Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore titled “Memorandum On Disputes Between Farmers And Herders In Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Area, Gombe State.
“In order to reduce disputes between farmers and herders in the Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Area, it was claimed that it is essential to comprehend and handle these changes in access to grazing land or water supplies.”Reducing conflicts and ensuring the coexistence of farmers and herders in the region can be achieved by implementing inclusive policies, promoting sustainable land and water management practises, and striking a balance between the needs and rights of various groups.
“Similarly, the Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria said in a presentation made by its national president, Khalil Mohammed Bello, that the federal and state governments’ inability to take long-term measures had a significant role in the conflict’s intensification.The speaker expressed his opinion that certain state regulations that limit the freedom of movement for pastoralists are perceived as an infringement on the fundamental right to free movement of persons for all Nigerians, as stated in the country’s constitution.
These laws did not lessen disputes, but instead made them worse.”The National Assembly’s incapacity to approve a bill in 2016 that would have established ‘Grazing Reserves’ in every state in the Federation. This was mostly due to the fact that the measure was rejected because pastoralism was thought to be a vocation primarily followed by one ethnic group.
The Committee’s Chairman, Bappa Aliyu Misau, had earlier stated that the problems that farmers and herders face have reached a critical point and need our quick attention as well as our combined efforts to develop long-term solutions.”We need a multifaceted approach that integrates the effort of Governments, Private Sector, and Civil Society Organisations to address the root cause of these problems,” he stated.
“We also need to look into investments in land management and conflict resolution, adequate funding for irrigation systems, storage facilities, rural road networks, etc., ongoing funding for agricultural research and development, and improving the abilities and knowledge of farmers and herders.”