Civil Defence to provide adequate security for cattle transport

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps has assured the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and the Amalgamated Union of Food Crop Sellers of Nigeria of adequate security during the transportation of their goods to the various designated markets across the country.

Speaking during a meeting with the groups in Gombe, the Gombe state Commandant of the corps, Mr. Shem Sunday Obafaiye, said the arrangement was part of efforts to implement the Federal Government policy on the diversification of Nigeria’s revenue sources, which is to generate more revenue for the government and other stakeholders in the chain.

Mr. Obafeiye said the essence was to ensure that more revenue was generated, while protecting the owners of the commodities against cattle rustling, as well as curb the harassments herders encounter at legitimate and illegitimate security checkpoints, while moving their goods from one point to another.

“The Federal Government has graciously approved that the NSCDC should take over the security of these people, MACBAN and Amalgamated Union of Food Crop Sellers of Nigeria. The essence of our coming to convey this meeting is to tell the people, the general public that the NSCDC is fully in charge of cattle rustling issues and the security of cattle and food items from the production point to the end users in Nigeria as a nation”.

The Secretary of the state chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Mallam Aminu Sule Wurobokki, explained that the Civil Defence initiative was targeted at revenue collection from the people moving cattle across the country and the smooth transportation of animals and control of cattle rustling.

He commended the Commandant General of the NSCDC for the initiative and the state Commandant for convening the meeting.