From David Hassan Gombe
Former Vice-chancellor Moddibo Adamawa University of Technology Yola, Prof. Bashir Usman yesterday said Nigeria is to benefit 3.4 trillion naira annually if it diversifies to cattle rearing than dependency on oil.
Prof. Usman who was the chairman of the occasion at the first National conference on the Dynamics of Pastoral Nomadism in Contemporary Nigeria- Problems and Prospect at the Federal University Kashere, stated this, saying that there is more than 22 million cattle in the country.
He argued that for the nation to depend on oil alone, there is need to invest in cattle rearing- as Nigeria population has risen to 180 million people.
While citing problems affecting both farmers and herdsmen, Prof. Usman called on meaning Nigerians not to addressed Fulani as herdsmen but pastoral nomadic saying herdsmen in the country are seen as criminals. He said even before now Fulani’s from Mali, Senegal, Chad, Cameroon among other countries have found themselves into Nigeria with a view to feed their cattle.
According to him, government in their wise decision is working tirelessly to ensure that problems between Fulani herdsmen and farmers come to an end.
Speaking earlier, Vice-chancellor Federal University Kashere, Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani said the topic which was chosen to discuss during the conference was to address the burning issues between the herdsmen and farmers conflicts that leads to loss of enormous solution over the years.
He urged scholars and participants to share with their thoughts on this issue so as the end of the conference we will able to come up with a useful blueprint to benefit the society.