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Herdsmen Menace: Varsity Don Seeks Tightening of Nation’s Borders

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September 25, 2016

A renowned University Don and Senior Political Science Lecturer with Ekiti State University, Dr. Azeez Olaniyan yesterday asked the federal government to tighten security at the nation’s borders to stop herdsmen from neighbouring African countries from invading the country.

He also advocated for a legislation to check the activities of the herders as have been done in Ekiti State, urging the other 35 states Houses of Assembly to replicate the law in their respective states.

Olaniyan, who spoke while delivering a paper at a one-day seminar organised by AfriHeritage, an African Heritage Institution, in Enugu noted that most of the suspected herdsmen perpetrating different kinds of crimes in the country were not Nigerians, insisting that the relevant security agencies must finds ways of checking influx of foreigners into the country.

The varsity don spoke as the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 9, which covers Enugu, Abia and Anambra states, Mr. Hassan Karma, said that the herdsmen menacewould continue unless the owners of the cattles are identified and possibly punished.

Karma said the menace was a national problem that needed concerted efforts to be tackled saying that community leaders compound the problem by receiving gratification from the herdsmen who in turn behave as if they have been licensed to do whatever they liked.

The university don who also attributed the movement of cattle herders from the North to areas in the South due to climate change noted that if foreign herdsmen are not checked from pouring into the country, the herders menace might persist.

Olaniyan, who spoke on the topic titled: “Everywhere as Grazing Land: The Pastoralist Question and Inter-Group Relations in Nigeria,’’ said that climate change had forced over 5 million among the 19.7 million cattles in the country to shift from the north to the southern part of the country.

“The drying up of Lake Chad as well as long years of drought in the upper part of the North had made it mandatory for the cattle and cattle herders to shift to the south were the land is blessed with green grass throughout the year.

“Again, the issue of taking advantage of the economic prospect of the South especially in buying and consumption of beef meat is another luring incentive for the movement.

“Which I know that Lagos State alone, consume hundreds of cattle as beef meat; thus creating market and need to move towards this places,’’ he said.

The Political Science lecturer said that strengthening of the legal system was the only meaningful way out of the menace.

“The Ekiti State model is the way to go. There must be legalization by the various state houses of assembly against this menace. This new law would help to even protect an innocent herder wrongly accused since it would go through a normal legal procedure,’’ Olaniyan added.

Olaniyan said that creating grazing zones by Federal Government fiat will not work because states have their rights to decide what is good for them like Ekiti State has done by enacting a legislation regulating grazing in their state.

He said that one brings about the crisis created by herdsmen is because they are not the owners of the cattle but are like drivers and the vehicle owners.

Participants suggested that when the real owners of the cattle are identified, it could be easy to tackle the herders menace because the cattle owners would be responsible for the actions of the herdsmen.

 

 

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Sep 25, 2016

Herdsmen menace: Varsity Don seeks tightening of nation’s borders

A renowned University Don and Senior Political Science Lecturer with Ekiti State University, Dr. Azeez Olaniyan yesterday asked the federal government to tighten security at the nation’s borders to stop herdsmen from neighbouring African countries from invading the country.

He also advocated for a legislation to check the activities of the herders as have been done in Ekiti State, urging the other 35 states Houses of Assembly to replicate the law in their respective states.

Olaniyan, who spoke while delivering a paper at a one-day seminar organised by AfriHeritage, an African Heritage Institution, in Enugu noted that most of the suspected herdsmen perpetrating different kinds of crimes in the country were not Nigerians, insisting that the relevant security agencies must finds ways of checking influx of foreigners into the country.

The varsity don spoke as the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 9, which covers Enugu, Abia and Anambra states, Mr. Hassan Karma, said that the herdsmen menace would continue unless the owners of the cattles are identified and possibly punished.

Karma said the menace was a national problem that needed concerted efforts to be tackled saying that community leaders compound the problem by receiving gratification from the herdsmen who in turn behave as if they have been licensed to do whatever they liked.

The university don who also attributed the movement of cattle herders from the North to areas in the South due to climate change noted that if foreign herdsmen are not checked from pouring into the country, the herders menace might persist.

Olaniyan, who spoke on the topic titled: “Everywhere as Grazing Land: The Pastoralist Question and Inter-Group Relations in Nigeria,’’ said that climate change had forced over 5 million among the 19.7 million cattles in the country to shift from the north to the southern part of the country.

“The drying up of Lake Chad as well as long years of drought in the upper part of the North had made it mandatory for the cattle and cattle herders to shift to the south were the land is blessed with green grass throughout the year.

“Again, the issue of taking advantage of the economic prospect of the South especially in buying and consumption of beef meat is another luring incentive for the movement.

“Which I know that Lagos State alone, consume hundreds of cattle as beef meat; thus creating market and need to move towards this places,’’ he said.

The Political Science lecturer said that strengthening of the legal system was the only meaningful way out of the menace.

“The Ekiti State model is the way to go. There must be legalization by the various state houses of assembly against this menace. This new law would help to even protect an innocent herder wrongly accused since it would go through a normal legal procedure,’’ Olaniyan added.

Olaniyan said that creating grazing zones by Federal Government fiat will not work because states have their rights to decide what is good for them like Ekiti State has done by enacting a legislation regulating grazing in their state.

He said that one brings about the crisis created by herdsmen is because they are not the owners of the cattle but are like drivers and the vehicle owners.

Participants suggested that when the real owners of the cattle are identified, it could be easy to tackle the herders menace because the cattle owners would be responsible for the actions of the herdsmen.


 

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Herdsmen: Security should be tightened at borders – University don

Posted on September 21, 2016 Herdsmen: Security should be tightened at borders – University don2016-09-21T13:19:32+00:00 under Nigeria Police

UNIVERSITY lecturer, Dr Azeez Olaniyan, has proffered solutions to the rampaging menace of Fulani herdsmen, saying security should be tightened at the borders to prevent herdsmen from other African countries from coming into Nigeria. Olaniyan, who is a political science lecturer at the Ekiti State University, stated this while delivering a paper at a one-day seminar in Enugu, yesterday. He said all herdsmen are not Nigerians and that there is need to check the influx of foreigners into the country. The university don, who also attributed the movement of cattle herders from the North to areas in the South due to climate change, said if foreign herdsmen are not checked from pouring into the country, their menace might persist. Speaking on the topic titled: “Everywhere as Grazing Land: The Pastoralist Question and Inter-Group Relations in Nigeria,’’ organised by AfriHeritage, an African Heritage Institution, Olaniyan noted that climate change had forced over 5 million among the 19.7 million cattle in the country to shift from the north to the southern part of the country. “The drying up of Lake Chad, as well as long years of drought in the upper part of the north had made it mandatory for the cattle and cattle herders to shift to the south were the land is blessed with green grass throughout the year. “Again, the issue of taking advantage of the economic prospect of the South especially in buying and consumption of beef meat is another luring incentive for the movement.

“Which I know that Lagos State alone, consume hundreds of cattle as beef meat; thus creating market and need to move towards this places,’’ he said. On the recent menace of some criminal elements using the guise of cattle rearers to commit heinous crimes, the don said that strengthening of the legal system was the only meaningful way out of the menace. “The Ekiti State model is the way to go. There must be legalization by the various state houses of assembly against this menace. “This new law would help to protect an innocent herder wrongly accused since it would go through a normal legal procedure,’’ Olaniyan added. Olaniyan said creating grazing zones by federal government fiat will not work because states have the right to decide what is good for them like Ekiti State has done by enacting a legislation regulating grazing. Participants suggested that when the real owners of the cattle are identified, it could be easy to tackle herders menace because cattle owners would be responsible for their actions. Speaking at the occasion, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Enugu, Abia and Anambra States, Mr. Hosea Hassan Karma, said herdsmen menace would continue unless owners of cattle are identified. He said the menace is a national problem that needs concerted efforts to tackle, saying community leaders compound the problem by receiving gratification from herdsmen who in turn behave as if they have been licensed to do whatever they like.


 

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Sep 24, 2016

Herdsmen: Former CBN director warns against overgrazing in South East

 

Former Assistant Director in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Stan Ukeje, on Saturday urged South-East governors to take concerted efforts to check overgrazing by cattle. Ukeje, who was with the Monetary Policy Department of CBN, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu State. He warned that overgrazing will cause devastating ecological challenge as the soil of the region is already prone to erosion. He noted that the environments of virtually all the 482 communities in Enugu State has major cattle transit routes in the South East.

He said some communities in the region are already witnessing overgrazing activities. “The present high drift of herds of cattle from the North as well as neighbouring countries to the South East would further compound the ecological challenge of erosion disturbing the whole of the region. “Due to overgrazing by cattle, the cover of vegetation would be removed from the land. “Then, the soil will become exposed and get eroded by the action of strong wind, rainfall etc; since the grass roots is the only natural binders of soil. 

“When the grasses are removed, the soil becomes loose and susceptible to the action of wind and water thus creating multiplicity of erosion and aridity of the soil.

“If, these activities continue within the next 10 years the ecology of the region would change and the region would definite become a near-arid region,’’ he said.

Ukeje, who is an Associate Fellow of African Heritage Institution (Afri-Heritage), noted that some states in the northern part was not so dry until the activities of overgrazing of cattle started taking a toll on them. According to him, the best option for the country is to reserve its ecological balance.

“Setting up ranches is a modern method of animal husbandry and friendly to the environment,’’ he noted.

NAN recalls that a recent research conducted by Dr Azeez Olaniyan, a  lecturer with the Political Science Department of Ekiti State University, noted that climate change had forced more than five million cattles, out of the 19.7 million, in the country, to shift from the north to the south, especially during the dry season.


 

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A don, Dr Azeez Olaniyan, has call for legislation at state level to deal with the criminal elements that have infiltrated the herdsmen in the country, saying the Ekiti state model of tackling the herds men’s menace is the way forward.

Olaniyan, who lectures Political Science at the Ekiti State University, made the call in a paper he presented at a seminar in Enugu on Tuesday.

The seminar was organised by Africa Heritage Institution, which was former African Institute of Applied Economics, Enugu.

His paper was titled: “Everywhere as Grazing Land: The Pastoralist Question and Inter-Group Relations in Nigeria.’’

Olaniyan said that the use of the legal system was the only meaningful way out of the menace of some criminal elements using the herdsmen as cover to commit crimes.

“The Ekiti State model is the way to go; states must enact laws against this menace.

“Such law will help to protect innocent herdsmen being wrongly accused,” Olaniyan added.

The don identified effect of climate change as being responsible for the migration of the cattle herders between Northern and Southern parts of the country.

He noted that climate change had forced more than 5 million cattle, out of the 19.7 million, in the country, shift from the north to the south, especially during the dry season.

“The depleting Lake Chad and long years of drought in the upper part of the north had compelled cattle and the herdsmen to migrate towards the south, where the land is blessed with green grass throughout the year.

“The issue of taking advantage of the economic prospect of the south, especially in buying and consuming meat is another luring incentive for the movement.

“Lagos State alone consumes hundreds of cattle as meat, thus creating ready market and need for the herdsmen to move towards these places,’’ he said.

The post Herdsmen: The Ekiti State model the way to go – Don appeared first on Vanguard News.

 

 

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Posted on September 24, 2016

Herdsmen: Former CBN director warns against overgrazing in South East

FORMER ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN), MR STAN UKEJE, ON SATURDAY URGED SOUTH-EAST GOVERNORS TO TAKE CONCERTED EFFORTS TO CHECK OVERGRAZING BY CATTLE.

Ukeje, who was with the Monetary Policy Department of CBN, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu State. He warned that overgrazing will cause devastating ecological challenge as the soil of the region is already prone to erosion.  He noted that the environments of virtually all the 482 communities in Enugu State has major cattle transit routes in the South East. He said some communities in the region are already witnessing overgrazing activities. “The present high drift of herds of cattle from the North as well as neighbouring countries to the South East would further compound the ecological challenge of erosion disturbing the whole of the region. “Due to overgrazing by cattle, the cover of vegetation would be removed from the land.

“Then, the soil will become exposed and get eroded by the action of strong wind, rainfall etc; since the grass roots is the only natural binders of soil.

“When the grasses are removed, the soil becomes loose and susceptible to the action of wind and water thus creating multiplicity of erosion and aridity of the soil.

“If, these activities continue within the next 10 years the ecology of the region would change and the region would definite become a near-arid region,’’ he said.

Ukeje, who is an Associate Fellow of African Heritage Institution (Afri-Heritage), noted that some states in the northern part was not so dry until the activities of overgrazing of cattle started taking a toll on them.

 

According to him, the best option for the country is to reserve its ecological balance.

“Setting up ranches is a modern method of animal husbandry and friendly to the environment,’’ he noted.

NAN recalls that a recent research conducted by Dr Azeez Olaniyan, a  lecturer with the Political Science Department of Ekiti State University, noted that climate change had forced more than five million cattles, out of the 19.7 million, in the country, to shift from the north to the south, especially during the dry season.

 

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Published: 24.09.2016

Former CBN director warns against overgrazing in South East

 

He warned that overgrazing will cause devastating ecological challenge as the soil of the region is already prone to erosion. Former Assistant Director in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Stan Ukeje, on Saturday urged South-East governors to take concerted efforts to check overgrazing by cattle. Ukeje, who was with the Monetary Policy Department of CBN, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu State.

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Herdsmen Menace: Varsity Don Seeks Tightening of Nation’s Borders

September 24, 2016


 

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Herdsmen: The Ekiti State model the way to go – Don

ON SEPTEMBER 20,

 

A don, Dr Azeez Olaniyan, has call for legislation at state level to deal with the criminal elements that have infiltrated the herdsmen in the country, saying the Ekiti state model of tackling the herds men’s menace is the way forward. Olaniyan, who lectures Political Science at the Ekiti State University, made the call in a paper he presented at a seminar in Enugu on Tuesday.

The seminar was organised by Africa Heritage Institution, which was former African Institute of Applied Economics, Enugu. His paper was titled: “Everywhere as Grazing Land: The Pastoralist Question and Inter-Group Relations in Nigeria.’’ Olaniyan said that the use of the legal system was the only meaningful way out of the menace of some criminal elements using the herdsmen as cover to commit crimes. “The Ekiti State model is the way to go; states must enact laws against this menace. “Such law will help to protect innocent herdsmen being wrongly accused,” Olaniyan added. The don identified effect of climate change as being responsible for the migration of the cattle herders between Northern and Southern parts of the country. He noted that climate change had forced more than 5 million cattle, out of the 19.7 million, in the country, shift from the north to the south, especially during the dry season. “The depleting Lake Chad and long years of drought in the upper part of the north had compelled cattle and the herdsmen to migrate towards the south, where the land is blessed with green grass throughout the year. “The issue of taking advantage of the economic prospect of the south, especially in buying and consuming meat is another luring incentive for the movement. “Lagos State alone consumes hundreds of cattle as meat, thus creating ready market and need for the herdsmen to move towards these places,’’ he said.

 

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