Victims of conflict and flood disasters in 10 local government areas in Taraba State have received 3,996 cows from the Federal Government through National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Recall that the crisis erupted between the Mambila and Fulani tribes in Gembu in 2017, resulting in wanton destruction of lives and property, especially cattle.
Flagging-off the launch of the distribution of 6,800 cows to the victims on Monday, Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustafa Habib said some 3,996 cows are for the Mambila crisis in the Gembu local government area of the State.
He explained that the programme was an initiative of the National Food Security Council (NFSC), which was split into crop farmers’ and pastoralists’ components.
Mr Habib, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Research and Forecast, in the agency, Abdullahi Adamu said the distribution of cows was part of the 2018 Emergency Agricultural Intervention Programme for victims of flood and conflict.
“The intervention to crop farmers has already been carried out, the second component, that is the distribution of cattle to pastoralists, has just begun in the state.
“The delay in the implementation of the second phase of the program was due to procurement challenges and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was also a veritable way of placating the people of the Mambila plateau and encouraging them to eschew bitterness and embrace peace for the development of the area, he added.
Mr Habib cautioned the beneficiaries to take advantage of the relief items, as it is a way of “restarting their source of livelihood”.
Ayuba Ladan, Head of the NEMA operations office for Adamawa and Taraba States, said 3,996 cows were distributed to 1,998 beneficiaries from 11 crisis-affected communities during the 2017 crisis in the Sardauna local government area of the state.
“Two cows each were distributed to beneficiaries for breeding, while security threats as a major challenge in the course of the operation.
“The cows distributed were healthy for reproduction; officials of the state Ministry of Agriculture had verified the livestock and had certified their productive and health conditions,” Ladan said.
He then advised beneficiaries not to sell their cows to merchants.
In a remark, the village head of Gembu, Alhaji Umaru Zubairu, said the intervention would go a long way in relieving victims of the 2017 crisis, who lost all their livestock.
Zubairu assured the government that his subjects would not sell their cows to merchants as the assistance was their source of regaining their livelihoods.
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