Motion on the Modernisation of Pastoralist/Nomadic Livelihood
INTRODUCTION: CIVIL SOCIETY INTERVENTION ON CONTENTIOUS ISSUE AT RESUMED PLENARY
In the course of deliberations on the reports and recommendations of the committee on Citizenship on Wednesday 21st May, a contentious issue arose with respect to how to handle the problems and perennial conflicts emanating from the different livelihoods systems of nomadic herdsmen and sedentary farmers.
The ensuing debate inflamed tempers, and conference plenary had to step down the issue in order to give time for greater consultations.
The Civil Society delegation took up the challenge, and developed and proposed a motion to resolve the differences.
The motion moved by Jaye Gaskia on behalf of the Civil Society Delegation and its allies and co-sponsored by other Civil Society Delegates was accepted and presented to conference.
The Motion was adopted unanimously by plenary it its entirety, as the recommendation of conference on the matter.
Whereas arising from the discussion and consideration of the report of the committee on citizenship and immigration, a contentious issue arose with respect to the following:
- The establishment of grazing reserves and ranches for nomadic herdsmen; and
- The responsibility for the funding of such grazing reserve, cattle ranch, modern fodder development technology etc;
Whereas the motion on this outstanding issue is the only outstanding part of the recommendations to be concluded on by plenary;
Whereas in accordance with the rules of proceedings of Conference the said contentious issue was stepped down in order to allow for consultations towards reaching a consensus;
Realising therefore the necessity to build on the innovative and transformative recommendations on citizenship and residency rights already adopted by conference
Recognising the utmost importance of ensuring that no segment of Nigerian society, and no Nigerian citizens is excluded from equitable access to enjoy all the guaranteed human rights, as well as access to basic services and social infrastructures that will make live more enhanced for citizens;
And in furtherance of the urgent necessity of modernizing pastoralist livelihoods and creating the enabling environment to reduce and prevent conflicts arising from the encroachment of herdsmen into farm lands and the resultant antagonistic competition over land use and sedentary farming communities;
Conference therefore resolves as follows:
PRAYERS BEING SOUGHT:
- That an integrated development and livelihoods modernization program be designed and implemented to address the issue of settling nomadic herdsmen into settled communities based on established cattle ranches with fodder development technologies, and including abattoirs, processors and other businesses along the livestock value chain.
- That this integrated development and modernization program should be funded by both federal and state governments in states where such settlements are established;
- And that this integrated development program should be undertaken and wrapped up within a period of 5 to 10 years after which such settlements should have become self-sustaining with the full integration of the nomadic herdsmen community into modern Nigeria political economy.
- JAYE GASKIA
- FEMI FALANA
- FESTUS OKOYE
- BIOLA AKIODE
- EZENWA NWAGWU
- KYAUTA GIWA
- NNIMMO BASSEY
- NASIR KURA
- ISAAC OSUOKA
- DUDU MANAGA
- ABDUL AMINU
- BIS OLATERU OLAGBEGI
- ROMMY MOM
- AUWAL MUSA
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