Kaduna State Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Manzo D. Maigari has called on the people of Sanga Local Government Area to preserve the forest reserves in their domain. The Commissioner made the call Friday at the local government secretariat when he met with stakeholders from the area.

Dr. Maigari who spoke in Hausa, said his visit was necessitated by security challenges being faced along Nimbia Forest axis and its environs, and the indiscriminate cutting down of forest plantations over time. According to the commissioner, “Government is aware of the security challenges being faced in the area and is taking serious measures to improve security.”

Speaking further, he added that, “Government intends to come up with Community Forest Management Committees which council has already approved to involve each community in the management of forest/reserves in their areas”.

On his own part, the Director in the ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Kachiro called on people in the area to help plant trees to ovoid desertification. He stated that, “Government intends to plant 1.5 million trees within the year and to plant 2 million by next year and subsequent years.” According to him, “Women and children would be mostly involved in the tree planting projects.”

Before now, Sanga Youths Development Association (SYDA) has issued a press statement warning that it would protest against any meeting that would discuss that establishment of a grazing reserve in the area. And to their promises, youths were said to have been mobilized to protest against any grazing reserve in the area if that issue was dare raised in the meetings. According to the association secretary, Mr. Sule Benjamin, “Our people are ready to protest any plan to establish any grazing reserve in Sanga local government. This is simply because the massacre that these Fulani herdsmen carried out on our people is still fresh on our minds. In fact, some of us are still nursing the wounds and permanent deformities that were caused by their unprovoked attacks on us. Up till now, some of our people are homeless in many communities and government is not doing anything about that.”

The meeting had in attendance the Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture & forestry with his entourage, Traditional rulers from the local government, namely paramount rulers, District Heads, Fulani Ardos, women & youths representatives and representative of the local government council. The meeting was hosted by the vice chairman of Sanga LGA Alh. Yusuf Aboro as the council Chairman, Hon. Nuhu Audu A who was said to be in Kaduna for a meeting.

Written by Mike Maikarfi

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