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Tiv farmers protest, accuse Nasarawa of land grabbing

9 communities of Tiv farmers in Obi and Awe Native Authorities Areas of Nasarawa State have rejected a proposed agricultural programme for 10,000 hectares of land within the space by the state authorities.

The Nasarawa State Authorities had mapped out land in Agwatashi and Jangwa areas of each counties for planting rice, sesame and maize to boost meals safety within the state.

Talking to journalists after a peaceable protest in Udugh on Wednesday, group spokesperson Felix Upav defined that they’re confused over the style by which the land was acquired by the state authorities to begin the agriculture programme within the space.

Whereas Upav said that of the mentioned 10,000 hectares of land, 6,000 hectares fell beneath Obi LG and 4,000 hectares beneath Awe LG, he named the affected communities as follows: Angwan Anthony, Akala, Utsuwa, Udugh, Usula, Ayarkeke, Shamkodu, China and Ikyochiha.

He defined that the residents of the 9 communities have been primarily farmers who depended solely on their farms. They lamented that if their farmland have been taken away from them, they may not have the ability to survive the cruel financial realities of the nation.

He mentioned: “We’re excited by how the state authorities acquired the ten,000 hectares of land as a result of nobody has come to us (Tiv farmers) for negotiations on its acquisition or spoken to any of the communities about compensation.

“We’re peace-loving folks and law-abiding residents of the nation. We want to understand how the land was acquired for the agricultural program.

“We heard that it was the standard ruler of Agwatashi and the village head of Jangwa space who instructed Governor Abdullahi Sule that there’s a pristine piece of land within the space measuring about 10,000 hectares.

“Whereas we’re grateful to the governor for bringing the agricultural programme to our space, we enchantment for the potential of this being achieved elsewhere because the lands are solely utilized by our folks (Tiv farmers) for his or her survival and each day wants.”

He added that, “Our folks had planted rice and different crops within the fields which began rising. However to our nice shock, yesterday and as we speak, folks from the Ministry of Agriculture went with tractors and began turning over the farms of our folks. We enchantment to the governor to think about us and look into the matter.”

The spokesperson of the 9 Tiv communities additional defined that the difficulty had began to escalate right into a communal disaster amongst residents of each LGs, including that no less than 5 folks had been injured within the space previously 24 hours.

He subsequently urged the Nasarawa State Authorities to droop operations on the ten,000 hectares of land to ascertain how the land was acquired and to resolve all variations among the many poor farmers within the space.

In the meantime, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule has mentioned the ten,000 hectares of land belongs to the state authorities and warned in opposition to any type of encroachment on the land.

The governor made this disclosure whereas distributing 1,000 luggage of fertilizer to the ten constituencies of Obi LG.

The luggage of fertilizer have been donated to the state by the federal authorities.

Based on him, the essence of buying the land was to help the Federal Authorities in attaining its goal of making certain meals safety within the state and Nigeria as an entire.

He appealed to the residents of the world to help the federal government’s initiative and guaranteed them that they’d be the largest beneficiaries of the agricultural programme.

He mentioned: “The Nasarawa State Authorities can be contributing to this mission that Mr. President (Bola Tinubu) has began on meals safety. We’ve got taken up 10,000 hectares of land from Jangwa all the way in which to Agwatashi to make sure that we develop rice, sesame and maize on this space and by the grace of God, you all would be the greatest beneficiaries as a result of you may be the farmers and the opposite staff that might be there.

“In the present day we’ve got already accomplished all of the planting within the first a part of Jangwa. Now we’re beginning to transfer in the direction of Agwatashi, and I do know a few of you’re in that location and a few of you’re beginning to fear, and we’re having some skirmishes right here and there, some issues with different folks.

“Please, if we really lower down a bit of land that we predict is ours, we do not need you to encroach on that land once more as a result of that may trigger us issues. So what we would like is so that you can go to your individual land and we are going to proceed to help you in the way in which that we’ve got achieved as we speak.”

He added: “We’ll ultimately rent your individual kids to come back and work on our farm. We aren’t going to import anybody from anyplace to come back and do this. It’s your personal individuals who might be engaged on these farms and by the point we do the harvesting course of, it’s also your individual individuals who might be doing the irrigation and harvesting.

“Our first harvest might be in the direction of the tip of this yr. And by the point we’ve got the harvest, we are going to come again and see how the folks in these areas are additionally benefiting from what we’re doing.

“So I need you all to be the safety for that authorities farm. I pray that none of you’ll have any downside with the federal government farm, as a result of the federal government farm is your farm.”

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