Climate Change Forcing Foreign Herdsmen Into Nigeria, Says Ganduje

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje speaks during the State Executive Council meeting at the Government House on October 6, 2020.

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says climate change is forcing foreign herders into the country while noting that the movement of cattle from one part of the nation to another is not new. 

“The movement of cattle from one part of the country to another is not something new, even from some neighbouring countries,” the governor said during an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today.  “Foreign herders, because of climate change, they are moving into Nigeria with thousands of cattle.”

The governor explained that climate change has reduced the number of cattle routes in the country, leading to herders encroaching on people’s land.

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“In those days, the cattle routes were enough because the population did not grow like now; farming activities because of population, was not like this. But there is a lot of encroachment,” the 71-year-old, explained.

“And not only encroachment, even the volume of cattle coming from West Africa to Nigeria has also increased because of the availability of grazing areas in the Middle Belt and in the southern part of the country.”

The governor said because people will not sit back and watch their land trampled on, many of the herders have bought weapons to protect themselves.

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“You cannot expect people to watch, people have to react and because of that they have learnt to carry weapons in order to protect themselves,” he added.

“And some of them are using the opportunity to carry illegal weapons, selling weapons in Nigerians and some are taking the opportunity to commit various types of criminality in the country.”

Governor Ganduje who decried the influx of foreign herders – whom he said do not have any means of identification – into the country, called for the issue to be tackled.

 

 

Kano: School Resumption Dates Remain Intact – Commissioner

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A map of Kano, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

Kano State Commissioner of Education, Malam Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru has disputed the widely circulated rumour that schools in Kano will not resume on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th of January.

Clearing the air to that effect, the Commissioner reaffirmed the earlier directives issued by the ministry that all boarding schools students in the state should resume Today Sunday the 17th of January 2021 while day students are to resume tomorrow Monday 18th of January 2021.

He, therefore, urged parents, guardians and the general public to discard the widely circulated rumour, saying that it is not true, as Kano state government has no plan to extend the resumption dates.

The commissioner then called on the parents to comply with the directives so that their wards would resume in time for the commencement of the academic calendar which has been released by the ministry.

Many states in the country have announced the resumption of schools despite a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria. Other states have equally postponed the reopening of schools over fears about the increasing level of infections in the country.

The Federal Government had earlier given a go-ahead for schools to be reopened in Nigeria but called for strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

“These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance,” the ministry added.

 

Wearing face-masks, final year students of Government Secondary School, Zone 3, Abuja, sit in a classroom as they write their West African Examinations Council exams, following the ease of COVID-19 lockdown order on Monday August 17, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
A file photo of students writing an examination on August 17, 2020.

 

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had earlier hinted that it would review the resumption date (January 18, 2020) for learning institutions in the country, citing the rising COVID-19 infections in Africa’s most populous nation.

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This had sparked fears among many Nigerians that school resumption might be put on hold indefinitely even though many states in the country had set dates for the reopening of the learning centres.

 

Kano NLC to join national action over PHCN workers

The Kano state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has declared its readiness to comply with the directive of the national body to shut down public and private institutions in the state if the federal government does not resolve its dispute with the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE).

During a protest in Kano city on Tuesday, the state chairman of the labour group, Comrade Isah Danguguwa demanded the immediate withdrawal of the 7.5 per cent deduction from the workers’ salaries.

The NLC has given the federal government until Thursday, August 16 to pay the workers their pension according to the in-house payment pattern of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) or risk a nationwide industrial action.

The labour union is also asking the government to withdraw military men from all PHCN installations.

Comrade Danguguwa insisted that NLC is backing the electricity union in their demands.