Governor of Sokoto state , Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has declared support for the FG’s planned establishment of grazing reserves. Though his support of the policy is with a caveat, that the grazing reserves be established only within the northern states of the country.
He said this will enable Fulani herdsmen stay close to their home state and also result to higher yield in terms of quality of milk and meat from the cows.
In his words, “I am a Fulani from Sokoto and I have cattle. I know that it is better for me to rear and keep my herds in one place and provide good grass for them.
“Talking about the South East and Northern Nigeria relationship, this issue of herdsmen that has been coming up recently I believe the Federal Government is coming up with a measured response of ensuring that we have grazing reserves, particularly, with emphasis in Northern Nigeria, in states where they originate from so that they can remain within their neighbourhood, within their families and cater for their cattle in a much more better way, more organised way and more economically viable system.
“By having a grazing reserve in Sokoto State for instance, all herdsmen and farmers in Sokoto can graze within the state without moving their herds out.
“We in the northern states in particularly have embraced this very proactive measure of establishing grazing reserves in the North so that the herdsmen and their herds can remain at home.
That will give us better meat, quality milk and for the people of Sokoto and Aba leather for making shoes and other leather works,”