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April 17, 2024

Gov Zulum Sets up Panel to Resolve Farmers/Herders’ Conflict in Borno 

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has set up a panel to ensure peace in the perennial farmers/herders’ conflict that claimed lives and property in the state. 

Governor Zulum said the farmers/herders’ conflict over pastures and water points could be resolved through the constitution of a peace committee. 

While convening the peace committee, yesterday, in Gambouru/Ngala, Zulum stated: “Today’s inauguration of the committee was to foster peace and harmony among the warring farmers and pastoralists in the Lake Chad Basin.”

According to him, the committee was to investigate the causes of conflicts between farmers and herders in the state.

“You are to re-establish the defunct cattle routes and identify grazing reserves, which have not been adequately utilised,” he said, adding that the committee’s recommendations would guide the government in addressing the root of the conflict.

The committee, led by Tijjani Guzamala, the Special Adviser-designate, contains representatives of the police, Department of State Services (DSS), Emirate Councils, Miyetti Allah, Alhaya Association and the Governor’s Office. 

Zulum noted that the peace deal was, however, reached after weeks of tension and uncertainty in the various communities in the basin.

He urged the farmers and herders to shun all acts that could lead to further conflict among them. 

The government, he said, would take necessary measures to prevent further clashes between herders and farmers in the state.

Meanwhile, after the meeting, food items were distributed to 11,242 households and N221.7 million disbursed to women and the elderly in the communities.

According to Zulum, the budget was increased by N18.1 billion by the House of Assembly over the N340.6 billion he presented on December 13, 2023.

While signing the budget into law, yesterday, in Maiduguri, the governor disclosed: “The 5.3 per cent increase in the budget by the House of Assembly was to complete ongoing capital projects across the state.”

The ‘Budget of Consolidation and Progress’ has capital expenditure of N208.4 billion, while recurrent expenditure stood at N150.4 billion. The governor, therefore, commended the Assembly for the speedy passage of the bill for his assent.

Presenting the bill to the governor for assent, Speaker of the House, Abdulkarim Lawan, said considering the good working relationship with the executive, the 28-member legislature would continue to support the Zulum administration.

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