The governor of the state of Niger, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has released a plan to protect the interests of the Fulani herdsmen in the 2023 budget by providing the necessary facilities that will boost their activities in the state.
The governor made the pledge during a speech at the critical stakeholders meeting of the All Progressives Congress in the state’s Kontagora Local Government Area over the weekend, adding that it has become imperative to make herders feel like they belong as citizens in the state.
Governor Bello argued that shepherds, like other citizens, deserve fair treatment without decriminalization, so that they can carry on their activities freely.
He further stated that appropriate measures had been taken to stop the security problems in the state, and emphasized that the strategies adopted would not be made public because of the activities of informants in the communities.
However, he appealed to the federal government to renovate the dilapidated Minna-Kontagora federal road to facilitate both motorists and commuters, with a view to boosting socio-economic activities in the area.
The Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, Alhaji Muhammadu Barau Mu’azu II, welcomed the governor to his palace and argued for the need for security services to step up their efforts to end the challenges of insecurity in the state and its neighboring countries.
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