Commission begins sensitisation on Nasarawa ranching programme

The National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) Thursday said it has begun advocacy, mobilisation and sensitisation on the remodeling of grazing reserves into ranches towards resolving the farmers, herders’ conflict.

The NCNE director, social mobilisation and women development, Alhaji Mohammed Daniya El-Nafaty, disclosed this Thursday in an interview with newsmen in Lafia.

He said the adoption of the ranching by the nomads will enhance their participation in nomadic education programme, improve livestock production and address the farmers, herders’ conflict.

“This would improve in transforming pastoralism into settled form of animal husbandry, herding and grazing as well as improve their relationship with their immediate neighbours.

The five-day sensitisation programme, which cuts across five states of the North central zone, including Abuja, was also aimed at promoting the adoption of intensive livestock production.

El-Nafaty equally explained that the implementation of ranching programme entailed the provision of requisite resources and infrastructure to serve as window of opportunities for livestock producers to have access to improved production facilities and social amenities, including schools, vocational and technical training centres.

He added that despite the numerous challenges and constraints faced by the commission, the educational profile of the nomads has increased largely due to the adopted implementation strategies.

“With the high commitment of government at all levels and other individuals and communities in the development of nomadic education this would enable them improving their education and also play a role in the socio- economic development of the nation,” he said.

He, therefore, advised government to also improve on the economic standard of teachers and enhance their abilities to contribute meaningfully to the economic development of the country.

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