Lawmakers’ offer solution on herdsmen, farmers clash

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

EAIS will also be used to detect disease outbreak, as well as reduce the influx of herdsmen into Nigeria.

The Nigerian House of Representatives has suggested ways to minimise cattle rustling and clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

The lawmakers’ urged government to adopt a holistic policy that would incorporate the use of Electronic Animals Identification System, EAIS.

The initiative would include insertion of microchips into the animal skin which can allow the animals to be identified, monitored and traced when stolen.

In a motion on the need for EAIS use presented and unanimously adopted at the plenary on Wednesday, members who commended the government for taking measures to end the menace, also urged government to adopt the system.

Presenting the motion, Ali Isa JC from Gombe State said that the measure would also be used to detect disease outbreak, as well as reduce the influx of herdsmen into Nigeria.

“The robust animal identification and tracking system will not only aid in the fight to eradicate cattle rustling, but would also allow lifetime traceability, as well as compartmentalisation of disease outbreak under the World Organisation for Animal Health,” Ali JC stressed.

Meanwhile, the House also called for expanding the proposed railway project to cover parts of Adamawa and Taraba States in the North Eastern part of the country.

This is to improve on the railway transportation system, increase revenue generation through the exploration of tourism potentials of the two States, as well as reduce pressure on the Nigerian roads.

Leading the debate on the issue, Sadiq Ibrahim, a Representative from Adamawa State said that including the two States in the proposed expansion would greatly improve the living condition of the locality and boost revenue generation for Nigeria.

Sadiq argued that, “If the railway system was extended to the North Eastern States of Taraba and Adamawa, the quality of life, standard of living, economic output and Gross Domestic Product of the region would improve greatly.”