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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Herdsmen get ID cards to graze cattle in south-south region

Herdsmen get ID cards to graze cattle in south-south region

Herdsmen to carry ID cards for cattle grazing in Delta state

A Delta state local government council Ughelli South has concluded plans to ensure that all herdsmen grazing their cattle in that area of the south-south region carry proper identification to go about their business in peace.

- Delta state local government council, Ughelli South, has kicked off cattle grazing through use of ID cards

- The council said completed biometric verification of interested herdsmen guarantees them proper identification documents to work with

- The card is useful only within and around the local council area

- The implementation will be carried out by a committee created specifically for the purpose

A Delta state local government council has concluded plans to ensure that all herdsmen grazing their cattle in that area of the south-south region carry proper identification.

Vanguard reports that to be allowed to graze their herds within and around Ughelli South local government area of the state, herdsmen must now carry identity cards.

The new practice which begins today, February 11 includes taking of biometrics and recieving of identification cards of the herdsmen who are willing to ply their trade in the area.

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The ID card is said to be valid within Ughelli South council area alone and implementation of the new process will be carried out by a 16-man task force committee which's membership is drawn from the security agencies, traditional rulers, clergies, Muslim community and locals in the area.

The aim of the committee, the report said, is to reduce herdsmen invasion of communities in the area and promote peaceful co- existence among cattle rearers, farmers and host communities among others.

The committee was inaugurated at the Ughelli South council secretariat, Otu-Jeremi by chairman Dr. Richard Kofi who is also chairman of the committee.

“All herdsmen within the council area are to register and have their biometrics taken after which they will be given identity cards that will be valid within the area alone and anyone without the Identity Card will not be allowed to operate within Ughelli South,” Kofi said in his inuaguration address.

Meanwhile, a report by The Nation indicates that herdsmen associations across the country are divided over the recent offer by Kano governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, for them to relocate to his state.

We gathered that Governor Ganduje had on Sunday, February 4, called on herdsmen all over Nigeria to relocate to Kano state.

The governor said the state has enough land for herders to graze their cattle without any problem and added that he is willing to accommodate the herdsmen in his state.

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