From: Ahmad Mohammed,Bauchi
The Chairman, Administrative Committee of Inquiry in to land disputes between herder and farmers, Surveyor Yahaya Baba has asked for the support of the people of Bauchi State to enable them find lasting solutions to end farmers herders clash.
Yahaya made the call in a statement he personally signed which was distributed to reporters in Bauchi on Monday.
He said the committee welcome both written and oral contributions from all stake holders that will assist the committee in the discharge of its responsibilities by making any recommendations that will promote permanent resolution of herder/farmer clashes across the State.
Chairman said inline with its terms of reference, the committee will visit all 20 Local Government Areas, particularly, Government Reserve Forests in the State with the aim of ascertaining their sanctity.
He assured of the commitment of the committee to investigating and determine if such Government Reserve Areas are being illegally allocated by unauthorised persons or group of persons and those persons who are beneficiaries of such illegal allocations.
Yahaya said the committee will determine the persons or authorities directly or indirectly involved in such illegal allocation of the portion of the Government Forests Reserve Areas.
He said the committee will identify all the cattle routes within and outside Forest Reserves, and areas or portions of encroachment by farmers.
The Committee Chairmam said the committee will be fair in it’s recommendations on measures to be taken in order to re-establish the cattle routes, Forest Reserves as well as prevent herder/farmer conflict in the State.