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Set up National Pastoralist Commission to Protect Nigerian Herdsmen, NEF to FG

A call has gone to the Federal Government to set up a National Pastoralist Commission to protect the interest of Nigerian herdsmen.

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) made the call while contributing to the ongoing debate on the proposed law to phase out open grazing and establish ranching agencies, a legislation that sparked conflicting views among stakeholders in the country.

The group, in a statement by its Director Publicity and Advocacy, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said there was no reason why special initiative should not be introduced to address the concerns and plights of herders, stating that successive governments have established agencies, ministries and programmes such as NDDC, OMPADEC, to tackle challenges affecting specific communities in the South.

The NEF also urged the government to establish special funds and policies to support pastoral communities in order to improve their livelihoods.

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