Bauchi State Government is to re-establish an administrative framework for grazing reserves and cattle routes to ensure effective land management in the state by ending communal clashes.
Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed disclosed this on Tuesday evening while receiving the report of the Administrative Committee of Inquiry set up on land dispute between Farmers and Harders in Misau Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor who recieved the report of the committee at the Council Chamber, Government House Bauchi, said his administration will also repositioning the state’s master plan as part of strategy for tackling land disputes.
He declared that, his administration will not accept or agree on the illegal allocation of lands and grazing reserves to individuals without following due process.
He said already, the state government has constituted a committee to work out modalities of addressing illegal allocations of lands across the twenty Local Government Areas of the state.
“We are grateful to Almighty Allah for this moment, what we are doing under this administration is to make sure we correct the abuses in land allocation and other anomalies in governance for the benefit of our people.”
“I am happy with the recommendations you just gave me, I want to use this medium to assure you that, we don’t have any negative plan against anybody, what we are doing is to protect the right of the common man.”
“We can’t allow this to continue in Bauchi, because of the selfish interest of our elite who mostly acquired lands illegally.”
Governor Bala Mohammed said with the recommendations of the committee, the state government will soon come up with a white paper on the position of government.
He therefore reassured of the determination of his administration for the protection of rights of the entire citizens of the state especially the most vulnerable groups.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Air Commodore Tijjani Baba Gamawa Retired, said the committee in the discharge of its assigned responsibilities, discovered a lot of irregularities occasioned by the illegal allocation of lands.
The Chairman said the committee had visited all the affected lands and grazing reserves for physical investigation with a view to coming up with a lasting solutions to the lingering problems.
“Your Excellency, we are happy to submit to you our report, immediately after our inauguration, the committee proceed to Misau till the completion of the assignment.”
“In carrying out the assignment, we recieved 21 memoranda from individuals and 27 witnesses who appeared before the committee for their inputs and testimonies that are related to our assignment.”