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N/East Fulani Pastoralists Challenge New NEDC Board On Cattle Production

The North-East’s Fulani pastoralists have tasked the new board of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) with stepping up its support for them to hasten the restoration of the region’s glory days of transhumance, vast cow production, and cross-border livestock commerce before the rise of Boko Haram.

A new 12-member board of the commission has been appointed by Muhammadu Buhari to replace the original board, which was led by Maj. Gen. Paul Tarfa (ret.) and operated by Mohammed Alkali as its Managing Director.

Under their umbrella organization, the Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria, the pastoralists welcomed the appointment of the new NEDC board and thanked the outgoing board for involving them in their initiatives and programs for humanitarian aid and neighborhood development.

In a statement signed by KACRAN National President, Khalid Mohammed Bello, the pastoralists noted that the Boko Haram insurgency claimed the lives of many of their members and “their animals rustled and forced to move to unknown places without food, water or any source of livelihood.”

They recalled how the former Alkali-administered board rescued them from extinction.

“The commission performed wonderfully well by helping our herders with animal feed and water points as well as including our members in its quarterly distribution of relief materials to the vulnerable and internally displaced people,” the pastoralists said.

“We call on the new board of the Commission to sustain such assistance and do more to us help us boost our cattle production and the population of cattle traded across the border, and between the North-East and other parts of the country.

“Given our interest towards the development of our region, we members of KACRAN, as one of the commission’s stakeholders and partners in progress, strongly call on the incoming leadership of NEDC, starting from its Chairman, MD, Management board, and all other staff of the commission to improve on the performance of the outgoing management team.”

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