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Miyetti Allah Asks FG To ‘Stop Governors From Enacting Anti-Open Grazing Laws’

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) on Monday asked the Federal Government to stop state governors from enacting the anti-open grazing law.

MACBAN Secretary-General, Saleh Alhassan made the comment during a press conference in Abuja.

He said the law would undermine the relative peace and stability currently enjoyed in the local communities, threaten the social order and exacerbate cattle rustling.

“The National Assembly and Mr President should intervene and stop the current attempts by some state governments to criminalise our means of livelihood of cattle-rearing through enacting of satanic and obnoxious laws they call Anti-Grazing Law,” he noted.

“The Federal Government should create a ministry for livestock and fisheries as obtainable in many African countries. Nigerians should adopt strategies in responding to changes of climate change as it affects livestock production not negative laws.”

Alhassan noted that anti-open grazing laws would destroy livestock production and send millions who depend on the livestock value chain into poverty.

The Miyetti Allah leader also called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to take an inventory of grazing reserves in the country and fully develop at least one grazing reserve in each senatorial zone.

He appealed to the National Assembly to rescue the pastoralists by resuscitating and passing the Grazing Reserves Commission Bill and other livestock management bills initiated by the previous assembly.

While referencing the African Union and ECOWAS Protocols/regulation of pastoralists and trans humans, the MACBAN spokesman asked the Nigerian government to domesticate the law in the country.

According to him, if the protocols are properly documented and implemented, it will effectively tackle the scourge of illegal migration in Nigeria.

Alhassan’s remarks come four months after the Southern Governors Forum announced a ban on open grazing of cattle across states in the region.

The governors after meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, asked President Buhari to address Nigerians on the state of the nation.

It also met months later and instructed states in the region to enact anti-open grazing laws in their domain to curb incessant clashes between herders and farmers.

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Senator Afikuyomi Greets Mustapha On Turbaning As Turaki Of Ilorin

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The Royal Turbaning of Alhaji Saliu Mustapha as the Turaki of Ilorin by His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, CFR, is a worthy recognition of Alhaji Mustapha’s contribution to nation-building, according to Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, a long-term associate of the new Turaki.

Afikuyomi stressed in a statement that Alhaji Saliu Mustapha has been conscientious in politics, and painstaking in humanitarian services, not just around the people of Ilorin Emirate alone, but in the entire Kwara State and in Nigeria as a whole.

According to the Senator, who once represented both, Lagos Central Senatorial District, and Lagos West Senatorial District. Mustapha’s decent politics, maturity and candor have combined to portray him as a rare breed amongst the pack, which is why he is often welcomed in any circle he has pitched tent with.



“He has a great sense of fairness, comportment and is also result oriented. A loyal friend, with a god-fearing disposition, he passes as one of the most respectable public figures from Kwara State,” Afikuyomi added.

The senator summed that with his turbaning as the Turaki of Ilorin, he was confident that he will impact on the people of the peace-loving emirate, in line with the vision of His Royal Highness, and the expectations of citizens.

“May God almighty give him the wisdom, good health and longevity to deliver the much-needed goods for his people, his fans and for humanity at large. Congratulations to a good friend,” the Senator concluded.

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Borno Will Close Maiduguri IDP Camps On December 31, Says Zulum

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Borno Governor Babagana Zulum said his administration would close the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps within Maiduguri metropolis on or before December 31, 2021.

Zulum disclosed this to State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, he had visited the President to brief him as well as request for the Federal Government’s input in the refugees’ resettlement efforts of his administration, adding that plans were also on to repatriate Nigerian refugees, currently living in IDP camps in parts of Niger Republic.

He said those taking refuge in Diffa Province of Niger Republic would be relocated to their homes in Malam Fatori, Borno State, on November 27.

“I came to brief Mr. President on efforts made by Borno State Government in ensuring the return of internally displaced persons to their ancestral homes.

“So far, so good, the Borno state government has started well and arrangements have been concluded to ensure closure of all internally displaced persons camps that are inside Maiduguri Metropolitan on or before 31st of December, 2021.
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“In addition to this, Borno state government is also making efforts, in collaboration with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to continue with the repatriation of Nigerians that are living in Minao camp.

“Furthermore, on 27th of November, Borno state government will ensure the resettlement of IDPs that are living in Diffa Province of Niger to Malam Fatori.

“Malam Fatori is a local government headquarters in Borno State, but somehow, we don’t have human population in this local government areas because of the insurgency.

“Now that we have achieved a reasonable degree of peace, Borno state government has intended to resettle Malam Fatori communities on 27th of this month.

“To this effect, the Nigerian military are providing all the needed support to the government of Borno State. I’m pleased to inform you also that the Chief of Naval Staff has ensured the return of naval base to Baga last month.

“These are some of the reasons why I came to brief Mr. President and I also requested Mr. President to continue to provide more support in ensuring that the growing number of ISWAP that are operating especially in the southern part and northern part of Borno State, are being handled appropriately.

“So, these are some of the reasons why I came here, but most importantly, Mr. President has given me the assurance that he will do everything possible to support the effort by Borno State government of returning internally displaced persons to their ancestral home.

“He has done before and I hope this time around, he will also support the noble cause.

“The people of Borno State and indeed the government are mostly grateful to Mr. President for all the efforts that he has been making, with a view to bringing succor to the internally displaced persons in the State,” he said.

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NLC Planning To Open Online TV For Nigerian Workers, Says Wabba

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The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, says it will soon inaugurate its online television to enable Nigerian workers to tell their own stories.

The NLC President, Ayubba Waba, said this at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Labour Writers’ Association of Nigeria, LAWAN, held in Lagos.

The theme of the event was “Growing Insecurity and Unemployment: The Way Forward”.

“We have decided we are going to launch the first online TV very soon; we have already bought the gadgets.

“Also, I am sure, some of you will be the reporters, presenters and above all, you will be everything in what we are going to do.

“This is just the beginning, because we also have to assert our authority: we must be able to have space to say our own story and let the workers also say their own story.

“Above all, let Nigerians say their own story outside what is being said by the conventional media,’’ he said.

He said that the theme for the event was apt and very close to the hearts of organised labour, noting that one of the challenges facing the country presently was the issue of youth unemployment.

“If we do not address it, then there is no way we can have peace and insecurity will continue.

“Recently, we had a programme that is addressing the issue of precarious work and job, also making decent jobs available for our teeming youths.

“Decent jobs are very important, because without it, there will be no humanity, social progress and justice; and shared prosperity for everybody,’’ the NLC boss said.

Mr Waba, while congratulating the labour writers on their 40th anniversary, described the writers as having lots of courage, dexterity and passion in the way they carry out their jobs.

According to him, such features are the hallmark of modern journalism, saying it as it is and continue to speak to power.

“When you do the right thing, you will find fulfillment and passion.

“Most of you do this job, because of the fact that you draw a lot of passion from reporting what also affects you and at your work place and I think that is the beauty of it.

“In doing your work, which is service to humanity, you have also assisted the congress greatly in making our voices to be heard and that cannot be taken for granted,” he said.

In her remarks, the Chairman, LAWAN, Mrs Bimbola Oyesola, said that the choice of the theme was informed by the need to reflect on what could be done to put an end to the challenges highlighted.

“As media practitioners in the labour sector, we are burden and disturbed by the growing number of our youths who roam the streets daily without any means of livelihood.

“More worrisome is the spate of insecurity in our land and the fact that most susceptible number of perpetrators are likewise the youths.

“We hope through the contributions from all our leaders gathered here tonight, we can use the recommendations which will be well publicised by our members as our little contribution to chart the path for the transformation of our country, ” Oyesola said.

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