By Sule Saminu,Jalingo
The Federal government is to provide more facility to the modern grazing reserve at “wurro Barkantiyo” among others in Ardo Kola local government area of Taraba state in it’s effort to encourage ranching system across the country.
Director social mobilization and women development in the Commission Muhammad Dan’iya Eldapate who disclosed this to newsmen in Jalingo during a sensitization and mobilization campaign said, the program was designed to improve access and equity for nomads in terms of education at the grassroots.
He said the campaign was to enlighten the pastoralists on the new national livestock transformation plan 2019-2028 set up by the Federal government aimed at converting the grazing reserves into ranches across the nation as well as the need for them to adopt the policy.
Muhammad Dan’iya explained that the plan was also designed to ensure that pastoralists transit from extensive livestock production to intensive livestock production.
He pointed out that they were in the state to advocate to the pastoralists leaving at the grazing reserves and those leaving outside on the importance of education and the need not only to enroll their children in school, but to allow them graduate and transit to post primary schools.
The pastoralists were also sensitized on the importance of girl child education, adult literacy as well as the need to leave in peace and accommodate visitors in their settlements for the development of the areas.
According Muhammad Dan’iya, the abduction of ranching practice by the nomads would enhance their active participation in the nomadic education program as well as improve their productivity in terms of their livelihood generally.
He noted that beside the nomadic pastoralists who are the majority among the three targeted groups that the commission catered for in terms providing quality and functional basic education including the migrant Fisher-folk as well as migrant farmers.
“We told those we sensitized in the grazing reserve which the nomads called ‘Wurro Barkantiyo’ the consequences of moving from one place to another in search of pastures and water, as well as the challenges of traditional harding, while we also entice them on the benefits of settling in one place, particularly in the grazing reserves”.
Other areas of the sensitization including political, Civic education and health as well as livelihood where they were encouraged to engage themselves in other economic ventures such as passion designs, mechanic, tailoring, honey and bee keeping among other trades.
Alhaji Muhammad Dan’iya Eldepate further revealed that the facility provided so far at the grazing reserves by the National Commision for Nomadic Education could be a starting point for the development of ranching practice, adding that more are going to be provided to other locations by the Commission.
He however advised the nomads to embrace education and establish cooperative societies in order to derive benefits, especially government social interventions facilities from financial institutions to improve productivity and enhance their livelihood, acquire land for settlement as well as obtain voter and national identification cards among others.