Adamawa CAN: We cannot accept the earmarking of 15,000 hectares of Land for Herdsmen to graze

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Tom Garba

On plans by the Adamawa state Government to have earmarked 15,000 of hectares of Land and the registering of over 1.5 million livestock for the purpose of grazing reserve in the state.

The state’s chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) issued a communiqué to our reporter in Yola after a meeting held at the  St. Andrew Catholic Church Mubi South 29th June,2016 stating that:

“The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is seriously concerned about the unilateral decision of Government to earmark about 15,000 hectares of land in Adamawa state for the purpose of grazing. The Association considers this proposition as not only wrongheaded but unacceptable by CAN members whose lands constitute a larger chunk of this proposed landmass for so-called grazing reserve in Adamawa state”.

After it’s much consultations  the Association is suggesting for the development of cattle ranches by the herdsmen as a solution to intractable problems of farmers-herdsmen clashes.

The communique also reads that in as much as Government has made tremendous efforts on rebuilding some Police stations and schools destroyed by Boko Haram,a comesarating efforts should be made in rebuilding of 410 burnt churches and people’s properties destroyed in the affected Local Government Areas.

Calling on the Government to deeply investigate the killings of hundreds of people in Koh community with  a view to bringing the perpetrators to book for their dastardly and cowardly inhuman acts.

The Communique which was signed by the State’s Chairman of the Association, Bishop Mike Moses also enjoining the Government of the day to be more transparent and fair to all indigenes of the State.

“CAN is decrying the lopsided allocation of scholarship scheme to the exclusion of most Christian communities in the state,pleading with the state Government on behalf of embattled and sacked lecturers of the state polytechnic to reinstate them back to their respective positions”.

CAN in Adamawa state appreciates the efforts of the Federal Government in it’s efforts in halting the evil and destructive activities of Boko Haram in the Northeast region, the Association is not comfortable with pockets of attacks that are still being perpetrated group in some LGA

” We call on the Federal Government to use every asset and machineries at its disposal to finally and permanently decapitate these rampaging never-repentant merchants of deaths and destruction”.

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