Constitution Review: Herdsmen in Kogi Want Academic Scholarships

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Leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Kogi Chapter, has called on government to empower Fulani youth and give them scholarships to attend primary, secondary school and tertiary institutions.

In an exclusive chat with Premium Times, Wakili Damina, the chairman of Kogi MACBAN and his assistant secretary, Hamza Bello, after their presentation at the North Central zonal public hearing for constitution review in Lokoja, Kogi state capital, on Wednesday, said they need primary institutions in Fulani settlements everywhere.

They stated that they did not get proper information about the event until Tuesday, adding that the constitution review exercise did not address issues that will help the Fulanis.

They called on government to bring Fulani closer.

On open-grazing of cattle, which has generated controversies in recent times nationwide, the MACBAN official explained the need for grazing reserves.

“Pertaining to grazing reserves, Fulanis are very large in population. We want the government to help Fulanis have grazing reserves. We need grazing routes. Most of the farmers block grazing routes. Before, they were plenty but now, they have blocked all of them,” Hamza Bello said.

The Chairman of the Lokoja Centre and a member of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, promised that this edition of the constitution review will be different from the ones held in the past.

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